Pakistani Taliban militants have named a hard-liner opposed to peace talks and linked to the shooting of a Pakistani schoolgirl as successor to their leader who was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week.
He reportedly ordered the October 2012 shooting of teenager Malala Yousafzai, a girls’ rights activist who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year.
Between 2007 and 2009, Mullah Fazlullah led a brutal campaign to impose Islamic law in Swat Valley. The Taliban burned girls’ schools, beheaded policemen and publicly flogged those accused of violating Shariah law.
The Pakistani military was forced to step in to end the Taliban’s reign of terror in Swat Valley in 2009.