Maulana Fazlullah is the leader of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a terrorist organization based in the tribal areas of eastern Afghanistan. TTP has historically maintained close ties to al-Qa‘ida.
Since being appointed by the group’s central shura council in November 2013, Fazlullah has organized and directed several TTP attacks against Pakistani interests and has publicly blamed the United States for military operations against the group.
In December 2014, Fazlullah’s operatives carried out the most lethal terrorist attack in Pakistani history when its operatives killed 151 people, including more than 130 children, during an attack against the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan.
In 2012, Fazlullah ordered the failed assassination of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai who promoted girls’ right to education and publicly criticized Fazlullah and the TTP.