He has been dead, alive and now is confirmed dead. The Pakistan Taliban leader, Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a drone strike by the US. The news was confirmed to the US government funded media outlet, Voice of America.
A dangerous terrorist, he is said to be the one who shot Malala Yousafzai and also masterminded the dreaded Peshwar school attack. He headed the Pakistan Taliban also known as the Terhik-e-Taliban.
Reported dead earlier too:
In 2014, there were reports that Fazlullah had been killed. However that information turned out to be false. In the year 2010, similar news had broken out regarding the death of Fazlullah. It was said that year that he was killed along with six of his accomplices in the Barg Matal district of Afghanistans Nuristan province, which lies close to the border with Pakistan. This had even been confirmed Mohammad Zaman Mamozai, chief of the Afghan border force for the eastern region.
In 2014, the news read, TTP commander Fazal Ullah was taken down by PAF jets inside the territory of Afghanistan. The intelligence sharing played an important role in eliminating the master mind of Peshawar attack. -TTP commander Fazal Ullah was killed in an airstrike carried out by PAF jets inside Afghanistan.
Who is Fazlullah:
Aged 44, he is the one who ordered the assassination of Malala an advocate for the rights of girls to have access to education. He is said to have entered the school bus and asked, ' who is Malala.' When she responded, he shot her in the head, but she miraculously survived.
He also went by the alias Radio Mullah or Maulana Radio due to his long sermons on a private radio channel. His sermons were a hit surprisingly with the ladies, who donated in large numbers and also urged their husbands to wage Jihad.
Fazlullah is also the mastermind of the Peshwar school attack in which 130 children were killed. The motive is said to be revenge against the Pakistan army which cracked down on the TTP. A large number of students in the school were children of army officials.
Born Fazal Hayat he was educated in a Islamic school in Swat. He worked as a chairlift operator and later sold firewood. He joined the Tehreek-Nafaz-Shariat-e-Mohammadi which was run by his father-in-law. The outfit was started for the strict implementation of the Sharia law.
His radicalisation began following a meeting with Sufi Mohammad, a radical cleric. He would attend his madrasa regularly. He was completely radicalised following which he joined the Taliban. He broke away from the Taliban and the faction went on to be called the Tehrik-e-Taliban or the Pakistan Taliban.