A Taliban warlord Fazal Saeed Haqani who claims to control hundreds of soldiers said on Monday he had broken with the TTP militia and would form his own anti-American group along the Afghan border.
Fazal Saeed Haqqani described himself as the leader of Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) faction in the tribal district of Kurram, but said he had run out of patience with the network for killing civilians which is not permitted in Islam.
TTP has claimed a series of high-profile attacks in the nearly two months since American troops killed Osama.
He blamed TTP for more than 4,500 deaths mostly civilians in attacks since July 2007 so he had decided to form a new organisation - Tehreek-e-Taliban Islami.
“I repeatedly told the leadership council of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan that they should stop suicide attacks against mosques, markets and other civilian targets,” Saeed told AFP by telephone.
“Islam does not allow killings of innocent civilians in suicide attacks,” he said, likening what TTP does inside Pakistan to “what US troops are doing in Afghanistan” and vowing to continue the fight alone against US.