Pak confirms killing of TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah in Afghanistan

Pak confirms killing of TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah in Afghanistan

"Yes, we confirm it....," Foreign Office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal told reporters here at his weekly media briefing.

Pakistan today confirmed that Mullah Fazlullah, the chief of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has been killed  in Afghanistan’s restive Kunar province, calling it a "significant" development.

"Yes, we confirm it….," Foreign Office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal told reporters here at his weekly media briefing.

This was the first official confirmation of Fazlullah’s death by Pakistan.  A spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan, Lt Col Martin O’Donnell, last week said that the US forces had conducted a strike close to the border of Pakistan, targeting the "Emir" of the group.

Afghan Ministry of Defense spokesman Mohammad Radmanish later said that Fazlullah, who is believed to be in his forties, was killed in the US strike.