Mullah Fazlullah, a hard-line Taliban commander notorious for ordering the attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai will take over as the head of the Taliban in Pakistan. Fazlullah, also known for ordering public beatings and beheadings for those who defied the strict Islamic law in his region, was picked to replace Hakimullah Mehsud after he was killed in a drone strike last Friday. Accusing Pakistan of working with the U.S. on the strike, the Taliban also decided against peace talks with the country's government on Thursday.
Fazlullah has a nickname: "Radio Mullah." It comes from his passionate, militant radio broadcasts well known in the Swat Valley. But internationally he is no doubt best known as the man widely believed to be behind the attack on Yousafzai that nearly killed her. Fazlullah told Reuters in a report following the attach, in which the leader promised to kill the teenager's father after failing to kill her. Of the decision to take violence against the activist, who spoke out against restrictions of women's education, a spokesperson for Fazlullah said “We had no intentions to kill her but were forced when she would not stop (speaking against us).”