An Obama willingly plays along with the charade. “EXCLUSIVE: Statements By New TTP Emir Maulana Fazlullah 2008-2013: ‘Talks Are Part Of The War’; ‘Our Jihad Will Continue’; ‘Our Jihad Is Against The U.S. And Its Allies’; ‘Passion for Jihad is Just Like an Addiction,'” from MEMRI, November 9 (thanks to Pamela Geller):
On November 7, 2013, Maulana Fazlullah was named the new emir of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), succeeding Hakimullah Mehsud who was killed in a U.S. drone strike a week ago on November 1. TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid, who announced the appointment of Maulana Fazlullah, declared that the new TTP emir has rejected any peace talks with the Pakistani government. Maulana Fazlullah has been the TTP emir for the Malakand region, which includes the Swat district of Pakistan. Shahid also announced the appointment of Sheikh Khalid Haqqani, until recently the TTP’s emir for Swabi district, as the new deputy emir of the TTP.
Maulana Fazlullah, who has recently launched a series of high-profile attacks on Pakistani security forces from across the border in Afghanistan, rose to global fame in 2009, when his fighters began enforcing Islamic sharia rule in Pakistan’s Malakand region and ordered a total ban on girls’ education as part of a sharia-for-peace agreement agreed between the Pakistani government and his father-in-law Maulana Sufi Muhammad, the emir of Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (the Movement for Enforcement of the Sharia of Muhammad). It was from here in 2009 that a Swat girl, later identified as Malala Yousafzai, wrote her anonymous blog, describing how Fazlullah’s fighters were imposing sharia. Malala rose to fame after Maulana Fazlullah’s fighters shot and wounded her in 2012; she has since moved to the UK.