Pakistan

Pakistan Taliban: No More Peace Talks

Leader was killed in a US strike, replaced by the commander who ordered the shooting of Malala Youszaf

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The Pakistani Taliban rejected the idea of peace talks with the government on Thursday after electing hardline commander Mullah Fazlullah, whose men shot schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai last year, as their new leader on Thursday.

The rise of Fazlullah, known for his fierce Islamist views, by the Taliban Shura council follows the Killing of Hakimullah Mehsud, the previous leader or ameer, in a U.S. drone strike on November 1.

Mehsud and his allies had been tentatively open to the concept of ceasefire talks with the government, but Fazlullah's emergence as the new chief changes that picture.

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