BANNU - While announcing the breakup of the peace agreement with the Government, Hafiz Gul Bahadur, the leader of the Taliban in North Waziristan, has vowed to fight a war against the security forces from today.

While talking to this scribe via phone from an undisclosed location, Ahmadullah Ahmadi, the spokesperson of Hafiz Gul Bahadur, said, “From June 20 we are launching a war against the forces under the name Zarb-e-Momin which will be the formal start of our jihad”.  He said that the Shura-e-Mujahideen (SIM), the militant group of Bahadur, had tried its best to keep the peace accord intact for the sake of the local tribesmen, but the opponent party violated it by launching a military operation in the area.

“We have no relations with Taliban and have never allowed them to use North Waziristan against security forces”, he added.

On May 30, Hafiz Gul Bahadur had warned the locals to leave North Waziristan within the next 10 days due to a possible military operation. However, on June 10, he further extended the deadline up to June 20 but before that deadline, the security forces had kicked off the operation last Sunday.

Known as the “Good Taliban”, Bahadur had signed a peace agreement with the government first in 2006, which was reviewed in August 2007. The agreement was intact until the security forces launched their Zarb-e-Azb early this week.