A ‘new Waziristan’ in the making
The security sources told this correspondent that while over two dozen Central Asian militants belonging to Islamic Jihad Union and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan were trained by TTP local commanders, at least six to eight Africans, Nigerians, Chadians and Somalians had also reached TTP hideouts in Nuristan. There the TTP has three training camps.
An Afghan security source confirmed to this scribe that at least two or possibly three Nigerians and two or three Niger and Chad nationals linked with a militant group called BOKO HAARAM entered into Afghanistan and went missing.
The militants had come at the invitation of TTP Deputy Commander Waliur Rehman who is interested to expand its arms to include Africans in war against terrorism. According to a report the TTP may try to include African nationals holding fake Nigerian, Chad, Mali or Cameroon passports in their group and using Christians also to carry out some terrorist acts.
Some Africans who penetrated into the region are known by their codenames: “Yusuf Oveyoza”, “Abu Omar” and “Commander Kola”.
Security officials say that Nooristan and Kunar are now popping up as “the new Waziristan” and several Central Asians, Uzbeks, Tajik, Kirghiz, Pakistanis, Afghans and Africans are being trained for expansion of TTP cells.
Security officials believe that the expansion of TTP network began soon after Fazlullah (Mulla Radio) of Swat Movement joined hands with TTP leaders in Afghanistan.
Several Afghan leaders aligned with anti-Pakistan elements such as the leader of Wefaq-Milli Afghanistan Bismillah Sher are funding the anti-Pakistan militants. Bismillah Sher’s business connection with Indian business community is not a secret.