On 2nd September 2018, Pakistani Taliban, officially known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP, announced that its central Sharia Council has decided in a meeting that the TTP flag will be changed. The announcement was released on Umar Media on Telegram, the official network of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Faran Jeffery, head of South Asia desk on terrorism at ITCT, broke the news on the social media networking site Twitter, and also posted the official statement of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) along with the new flag.
Official statement, along with the new flag, released by TTP on its official Umar Media network.
For comparison, here is the old flag of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP):
Old flag of TTP. Source: Wikipedia
Additionally, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s Umar Media also changed its logo following this announcement of change of flag. Here is the new logo of Umar Media:
New logo of TTP’s Umar Media.
For comparison, here is the old logo of TTP’s Umar Media:
Old logo of TTP’s Umar Media.
It is unclear why the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan decided to change its flag now but it is worth noting that this announcement from TTP is coming after the death of its former chief Mullah Fazlullah in a US airstrike, after which TTP was rumored to be facing internal structural crisis as well as some dissent, not to mention questions about its legitimacy since it moved its bases to Afghanistan, following Operation Zarb-e-Azb by Pakistan Army, and hasn’t been able to carry out many major attacks in Pakistan since then.
It is also worth noting that the new TTP flag looks eerily similar to the flag used by Islamic State group.
Here is the new TTP flag side by side with the flag of Islamic State group for comparison:
Left: New TTP flag. Right: Flag used by Islamic State group