Pakistan army says ex-Taliban spokesman held

The arrest came as U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, was visiting Pakistan.

Pakistan army says ex-Taliban spokesman held

Pakistani forces have held a senior aide to Baituallah Mehsud, the Pakistani Taliban chief who was claimed to have been killed recently in a missile strike by a U.S. drone, military officials said on Tuesday.

The arrest came as U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, was visiting Pakistan.

Maulvi Omar was "captured by a pro-government militia" in the the Mohmand region on the Afghan border on Monday and had been "handed over to government forces", one official said.

"Yes, we have arrested Maulvi Omar and he will shortly be produced before the media," a senior military official, who declined to be identified, told Reuters.

He gave no more details.

Major Fazal-ur-Rehman, spokesman for the paramilitary Frontier Corps, confirmed arrest of an "an important commander" of the Taliban but declined to give his name.

Omar was the spokesman for the Mehsud-led Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a loose alliance of 13 factions, although several months ago he was removed as the chief spokesman for the alliance.


Reuters

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