The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has linked the release of former Vice-Chancellor Islamia College University (ICU) Peshawar, Professor Ajmal Khan, to the release of head of Tehreek Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM), Maulana Sufi Muhammad.
Prof. Ajmal Khan is in Taliban captivity since September 7, 2010 when he was kidnapped along with his driver at gunpoint from Professor Colony in University of Peshawar. Hisdriver was released two years later. The Taliban announcement comes as one of the first developments to have taken place after Fazluulah took charge of the outlawed outfit vowing revenge for the killing of the group’s leader Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone strike.
Maulana Sufi Mohammad is the father-in-law of the newly appointed leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Maulana Fazlullah aka Mullah Radio.
Meanwhile, TNSM chief Maulana Sufi Muhammad has so far been acquitted in five cases after the prosecution failed to furnish credible evidence against him.