|Senior TTP leader still alive? Drone 'targeting' Sajna kills 18 militants|
|[DAWN] Eighteen Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) of the 's Sajna group were killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan's province on Monday night, security sources said.|
Members of the TTP offshoot were holding a meeting in Paktika's Birmal area during which its leader Khan Said Sajna was expected to appear, sources said.
It is pertinent to mention that Sajna was reported killed in a drone strike last year, but the information had not been independently verified. The Mehsud tribal faction, which Sajna heads, had not denied claims of Sajna's death at the time.
Of the TTP men killed today, 14 belong to the Mehsud tribe and four to the Wazir tribe.
Claims relating to the strike and the deaths could not be independently verified.
Khan Said Sajna became TTP's deputy leader following the death of Wali-ur-Rehman in May 2013. He fought in Afghanistan and is believed to be involved in the attack on a Naval base in Sajna is credited with ing a 2012 jailbreak in which the Taliban freed 400 inmates from a prison in Bannu.
Khan Said Sajna leads the Mehsud faction, which split from TTP in May 2014 after former TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a United States (US) drone strike.
In a public statement following the split, he stated his continued commitment to terrorist activity. The US designated Sajna a global terrorist in Oct 2014.
|Who is Taliban commander Umar Mansoor?|
|[DAWN] The Tehrik-e-Taliban Geedar group commander who claimed the deadly attack on Bacha Khan University in 's Charsadda Wednesday is Umar Mansoor, the de facto operational head of TTP in KP.|
Journalist Hasan Abdullah tells Dawn.com Mansoor is the faction's commander specifically in Charsadda, Darra Adam Khel, Noshera and surrounding areas. "He had been very close to Hakimullah Mehsud's inner circle and was also close to Umar Khalid Khorasani at one time," says Abdullah.
|Pakistan's top militant commanders|
A Yousufzai from Swat, he took charge as the head of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain after the death of Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone strike in November 2013.
He is currently heading the TTP faction often referred to as "TTP central" in intelligence circles.
He controlled large parts of the Malakand division for nearly three years before escaping to Afghanistan in 2009 following a military operation.
Fazlullah has been the behind various high profile attacks including the brutal school attack as well as the killing of GoC Major General Sanaullah Khan Niazi.
He maintains good relations with the Afghan Taliban.
Affiliated with: Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP)
...chief of al-Qaeda's Sharia Committee for Pakistain, named head of al-Qaeda in India. His video appearances are frequently accompanied by clips of al Qaeda's senior propagandist in Pakistan, Ahmad Farooq. Umar the author of
The Army of Anti-Christ: Blackwater, Documentation of the Dreadful Terrorist Activities of America's Blackwater in Islamic Countries...
The head of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and the first Deobandi to lead an Al-Qaeda franchise.
He has studied in and also taught at seminaries there.
He has authored several books on subjects such as doomsday, the Anti-Christ, and Freemasons, etc.
He is well-connected with various Deobandi and Salafi scholars and enjoys a good reputation in various religious circles.
Affiliated with: Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS)
Commonly known as "Khalifa Sahib", he heads what the US refers to as the Haqqani Network, which is in fact a group fighting under the direct command of His fighters are some of the best-trained in this region, and have carried out a number of high profile attacks in Afghanistan.
Sirajuddin Haqqani's step mother is a Yemeni, and he maintains close ties with Al Qaeda.
When questioned about the TTP, he has referred to them as "our brothers".
He was a close friend of former TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud.
Affiliated with: Haqqani Network, TTP, Al-Qaeda
Hafiz Saeed Khan Orakzai
He had previously served as a TTP commander in He parted ways with the TTP and joined 's " " (IS).
In January this year, he was appointed as a representative of IS in Pakistain through an audio announcement Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, the official of IS.
A report says he was killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) earlier this year.
Affiliated with: TTP, IS
One of the founding members of the TTP, Umar Khalid Khurasani (also known as 'Abdul Wali') is a poet and former journalist from . Within organizational circles, he is known to be a formidable military commander and was one of the first in the TTP to execute opponents by slitting their throats.
He was the TTP Mohmand Chief and also held the additional charge of the chapter for a brief period during which he orchestrated a bloody campaign against government-backed lashkars.
He parted ways with "TTP central" and is now the de-facto chief of the splinter group Jamatul Ahrar.
The group has now decided to reunite with TTP central.
Affiliated with: TTP, Jamatul Ahrar
Sheikh Khalid Haqqani
Hailing from the Swabi district of (KP), he is the deputy head of "TTP central" and has also served as its Head of Shura (consultative committee).
A graduate of the Dar-ul-Uloom Haqqania in Akora Khattak, he is held in high esteem within the banned group as a "thoughtful religious scholar and a seasoned military commander".
He also authored a fatwa against Pak media, dividing them into different categories and legitimising the killing of some journalists.
Affiliated with: TTP
Also known as Mufti Khalid Balti, he is the current head of media at "TTP central" as well as their official .
He spent many years in Karachi where he also taught at Jamia-tur-Rasheed. Muhammad Khurasani is fluent in Urdu, Arabic and Balti.
He is well-connected with many of the seminaries across the country and his personality is one of the reasons many students wish to join him in North .
Affiliated with: TTP
Formerly the chief TTP , he was removed from the post after being accused of trying to sabotage relations with the Afghan Taliban, a charge he has termed baseless.
He is now the of Jamatul Ahrar.
After the reunification with TTP central, his new role is expected to be announced within the next few days.
Affiliated with: TTP, Jamatul Ahrar
Sheikh Maqbool Orakzai
He was previously known as Shahidullah Shahid and served as the chief of the TTP under Hakimullah Mehsud and then Mullah Fazlullah.
He parted ways with the TTP and pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, head of IS.
He is a Salafi in orientation and maintains good contacts with Arab fighters.
Affiliated with: TTP, IS
Commander Abdul Jabbar
A close confidante of Mullah Umar, he currently heads Tehrik Ghalba-e-Islam and spends much of his time in Karachi.
His fighters have been actively engaged in Kandahar and provinces of Afghanistan.
Publicly, he opposes rebellion against the Pak state and urges his men to focus on Afghanistan.
Affiliated with: Tehrik Ghalba-e-Islam
Ustad Ahmad Farooq
Also known as Abdullah Farooqi, he is effectively the second-in-command of Al-Qaeda in Pakistain and has been the propaganda chief of the group.
The group is now operating as Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS).
Most of the inner circle of Ustad Ahmad Farooq includes university graduates who had previously been associated with (IJT), the student wing of (JI).
A powerful orator, he is fluent in Urdu, Arabic, English and Punjabi.
Affiliated with: Al-Qaeda in Pakistain, IJT, JI
He has previously headed the "Punjabi Taliban", an alliance consisting primarily of based sectarian s.
Taliban sources claim that a few weeks before the launch of operation , Muavia surrendered himself at Razmak Fort in North Waziristan and announced that he would restrict his activities to Afghanistan.
He released a statement arguing that because of the infighting within the TTP and the changing regional situation, his group will only engage in propagation activities in Pakistain.
Affiliated with: TTP
Also known as "Sajna", he leads one of the more influential Mehsud factions of the Taliban.
Based in South Waziristan, he maintains a strong footprint in Karachi.
A number of Mehsud transporters and other businessmen take their disputes to him.
Affiliated with: TTP
Formerly a technician with the Pakistain Air Force (PAF), he was convicted as one of the planners behind an attempt on the then army chief and president He was freed by the TTP in an audacious raid on Bannu jail, along with nearly 300 others.
He currently leads the Ansaar-al-Aseer (helpers of prisoners), a unit that focuses on freeing Talibs in prison.
Affiliated with: PAF, Ansaar-al-Aseer, TTP
He was the 'chief justice' of the TTP.
He is known for addressing internal disputes taken to his court.
Qazi Hammad now part of Jamatul Ahrar.
Affiliated with: Jamatul Ahrar, TTP
Maulana Saleh Qassam
Editor of 'Ihyae Khilafat', Jamatul Ahrar's monthly magazine.
Affiliated with: Jamatul Ahrar
Mufti Hassan Swati
Former TTP commander who maintains a strong footprint in Peshawar and adjoining areas.
He left the TTP a few months ago and joined Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's IS.
A number of cases had been filed against him at the TTP's court in , accusing him of extortion and intimidating those who had refused to pay.
Affiliated with: TTP, IS
He hails from the Bara area of Khyber agency and is a member of the Afridi tribe.
He took charge of Khyber agency based around 2006 from Mufti Munir Shakir and has fought several battles with pro-government .
Mangal Bagh has also been involved in the drug trade, running a network in Karachi.
Traditionally his focus has been on territorial control and furthering his business interests.
some TTP members claim that his stance is getting increasingly ideological.
His group has now forged a formal alliance with the TTP.
Affiliated with: Lashkar-e-Islam, TTP
Jamatul Ahrar, a former splinter group of the TTP has announced its reunification with the TTP.
Khyber Agency-based Lashkar-e-Islam headed by Mangal Bagh has also decided to merge with the TTP. The three have announced that they will now operate under the name of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain.
Prior to the split, Jamatul Ahrar had largely operated as the Mohmand chapter of the TTP.
According to TTP chief , Muhammad Khurasani, the group will announce its new structure within the next few days.
|Drone strike near Pak-Afghan border takes out Hakimullah's aide|
|[DAWN] A close aide of former Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) Chief Hakimullah Mehsud, Khawrey Mehsud, was killed in a drone strike near the Pak-Afghan border yesterday.|
According to TTP Muhammad Khorasani, Khawrey Mehsud was killed in a drone attack in near the Pak-Afghan border on March 18. Two other were also killed in the drone attack.
Khawrey Mehsud was a close aide of former TTP supremo Hakimullah and was said to have taken part in terrorist activities in Afghanistan and Pakistain.
Kurram is one of the most sensitive tribal areas as it borders three Afghan provinces and at one point was one of the key routes for movement across the border.
The region was claimed by the military to have been cleared of during an operation a couple of years ago, however, still carry out sectarian attacks and also target security forces occasionally.
Kurram tribal agency is adjacent to North region where the operation is in progress against Taliban and other groups.
Drone attacks are widely unpopular across Pakistain and according to survey conducted in June last year, 66 per cent of the country's citizens oppose the strikes.
|US designates Mullah Fazlullah as a 'global terrorist'|
|[DAWN] The US State Department on Tuesday designated Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) chief as a global terrorist.|
According to a State Department , Fazlullah has been labeled a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets and those providing support to or acts of terrorism.
The consequences of these designations include a prohibition against American citizens engaging in transactions with Fazlullah, and the freezing of all property and interests of Fazlullah that are in the United States, or come within the United States or the possession or control of US persons, the statement said.
Fazlullah was elected TTP commander in November 2013, following the death of former leader Hakimullah Mehsud.
Under the leadership of Fazlullah, TTP for the December 16, 2014 attack on a school in that resulted in the deaths of at least 148 people, mostly students.
Prior to becoming TTP leader, Fazlullah claimed he was behind the killing of Pak Army Major General Sanaullah Niazi in September 2013, as well as ordering the shooting of schoolgirl and activist in 2012.
The State Department designated TTP as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation and a Specially Designated Global Terrorist on September 1, 2010.
|Key Taliban commander, three others handed over to Pakistan|
|PESHAWAR: Latif Mehsud, a close aide of former Pakistani Taliban chief Hakeemullah Mehsud, has been handed over to Pakistani authorities along with his two guards and a broker, sources said on Saturday night.|
High placed official sources told Dawn.com that Latif Mehsud, the then number-two of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud, was arrested along with his guards and a tribesman, Shah Jehan on Pak-Afghan border by the Afghan National Army.
Latif was crossing the border allegedly to buy weapons at the time of the arrest.
The Pakistani authorities had been demanding the return of the arrested TTP commanders. The other two militants handed over to Pakistan have been identified as Jafar and Aziz.
|One soldier killed, six injured during rocket attack in Orakzai|
|One soldier was killed and six others Friday in a rocket attack on Kalaya, the agency headquarters of the restive northwestern |
Official sources said that two rockets were fired on the Kalaya Headquarters as a result of which seven soldiers sustained injuries. One of the injured soldiers died on his way to a hospital, while six others are receiving medical treatment.
Last month, 18 suspected and six soldiers were killed during a gun-battle in Orakzai Agency. The gun-battle was set off by an attack by before dawn, on a check-post in Shireen Dara area of Lower Orakzai.
Orakzai is one of Pakistain's seven semi-autonomous tribal regions in the northwest, where Pak Taliban and Al Qaeda-linked are said to have carved out strongholds.
It was a key abode of former Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud before he was killed in a US drone strike in North in 2013.
|Pakistani Taliban Breakaway Faction Threatens India Attacks|
|[AnNahar] A breakaway faction of the Pak Taliban that for a devastating earlier this week threatened Wednesday to carry out attacks inside India.|
At least 55 people were killed and more than 120 at the main Pakistain-India border crossing on Sunday when a bomb tore through crowds of spectators leaving after the colorful daily ceremony to close the frontier.
Jamat-ul-Ahrar (JA), a faction of the Pak Taliban which broke away from the main leadership in September, was one of a number of groups that for the attack at the Wagah border crossing
The group's said India would be the target of their next attack, warning Prime Minister Narendra Modi that his country was not "out of reach" for the group.
"India is included in our next attack, Narendra Modi should not have this misconception that we cannot attack his country," he told Agence -Presse.
"If we can attack on one side of the border we can also attack on the other side of the border. We do have access to the other side of the border," he added.
Ehsan also repeated his group's claims that they carried out the Wagah border crossing attack, saying he would soon release a video to prove his faction was behind the blast.
There were several conflicting claims of responsibility for the attack, reflecting the fragmentation the umbrella Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) movement has undergone in recent weeks.
Abdullah Bahar, a for a Pak Taliban faction loyal to its dead chief Hakimullah Mehsud, said they carried it out to avenge Mehsud's killing in a U.S. drone strike last year.
TV channels also ran claims from a third faction, called Jundullah.
But the Jamat-ul-Ahrar faction, which broke away from the main TTP leadership in September, rubbished the claim and said they were behind the blast.
Ehsan previously said in an email statement that the attack was for those killed in the ongoing Pak military operation in North tribal area on the Afghan border.
|Taliban's Mehsud faction condemns attack on JUI-F chief|
|[DAWN] The Taliban's Mehsud faction, led by Khan Said alias Sajna, has condemned the attack on Fazl (JUI-F) chief and has said that attacks on Ulema were disgraceful.|
Azam Tariq, for the Mehsud Taliban, said the group condemned the attack and felt that those involved in similar incidents were against and Islam.
Tariq, who had previously also served as the TTP under former Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud who was killed in a US drone strike on November 1, 2013, said that Khan Said Sajna was still the Ameer of the Taliban's Mehsud faction and that members of the group were united under his command.
Earlier on Thursday, at least two people were killed and dozens had been injured when a suspected detonated his explosives outside a JUI-F rally in Quetta.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman remained unhurt in the attack which targeted his bullet-proof vehicle. The banned group Jundallah for the attack.
|MQM workers detain suspicious foreigner near Nine Zero|
|[DAWN] KARACHI: A foreigner was apprehended by (MQM) workers on Tuesday near the party's Nine Zero headquarters. The man was later handed over to the police.|
Speaking to the media, MQM leader Iftikhar Alam said the suspect appeared to be of Afghan or Uzbek descent and could not speak Urdu.
Alam added that despite the language barrier, the suspect had managed to convey an offer of USD 100,000 for his release.
He alleged that the man was scouting the area for a possible attack.
Two mobile phones, Rs 25,000, a portrait of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain's (TTP) former chief Hakimullah Mehsud, and other paraphernalia was recovered from the man's possession.
Speaking to s on Oct 13, senior MQM leader Farooq Sattar said that party leaders had been receiving threatening letters from the banned Taliban outfit in the recent past, asking them to immediately pay up extortion money or face dire consequences.
|Fazlullah has joined hands with killers of Taliban, says splinter group|
|[DAWN] The outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain and its splinter group (JA) are on a collision course as the latter has accused TTP chief of joining hands with people involved in the killing of commanders.|
In a statement on Thursday, JA said those who were involved in the killing of TTP commanders Nadeem Abbas, Asmatullah Shaheen , Tariq Mansoor and 200 fighters of the Mehsud tribe were now sitting beside Fazlullah.
Ehsan, who earlier served as central for the TTP, said that being head of his group Fazlullah should bring the killers to "justice".
He said the TTP chief lacked qualities of a good leader, which had resulted in the killing of many commanders.
The JA said the Fazlullah-led TTP group "now comprised only a few people".
He said that Fazlullah had no authority to expel Umar of from TTP. Khurasani was now an active member of JA and the group's leadership had the authority to appoint a leader for Mohmand.
He claimed that a majority of s had joined JA and the families of both Baitullah Mehsud and Hakimullah Mehsud had become associated with it.
He said JA had expressed allegiance to Mullah Umar and had faith in the leadership qualities of the top leader of Afghan Taliban.
Ehsan said some elements in the Fazlullah-led TTP were hatching conspiracies to drive a wedge between JA and the Afghan Taliban.
The JA said that Fazlullah should reveal the names of people who killed Nadeem Abbas alias Inteqami, who was the TTP leader for Rawalpindi, Asmatullah Shaheen and Tariq Mansoor Afridi.
It is the first time that a Taliban-linked group has acknowledged the death of Nadeem Abbas, who police custody in in August, 2011, and was reportedly involved in several acts of terrorism.
In 2011, Abbas and another TTP leader Zakim Shah were brought to the Khyber College of Dentistry for treatment. They when being moved back to the central jail in Peshawar.
Asmatullah Shaheen, who was an acting chief of TTP, was killed outside his residence in , North , in February last year.
Ehsan also clarified that JA had no links with the Janud Khurasan group and that Ahrarul Hind had merged with JA. He said a majority of TTP commanders in Malakand division had joined JA.
|Punjabi Taliban shift focus to Afghanistan|
|[DAWN] Punjabi Taliban, an influential faction of the Pak Taliban on Friday said it would abandon activity inside the country and redirect its energies towards Afghanistan.|
The announcement indicates further fragmentation in the umbrella Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP), which suffered a setback Thursday when a new bloc declared its split from the group's official leadership.
"We will confine our practical jihadist role to Afghanistan in view of deteriorating situation in the region and internal situation of Pak jihadist movement," Punjabi Taliban chief Ismatullah Muawiya said in a pamphlet faxed to the media, without clarifying further.
Jamatul Ahrar welcomes new Al Qaeda branch
The faction is active in Punjab, Pakistain's wealthiest and most populous province and the political power base of Prime Minister and his Pakistain League-Nawaz (PML-N) party.
Muawiya said the faction will operate in Afghanistan under the guidance of , the spiritual leader of Afghan Taliban, while its activities in Pakistain will be confined to preaching Islam.
"The announcement is a major setback for the TTP as it shows fragmentation is continuing and the organization is fracturing," defence and security analyst Talat Masood told AFP.
"The groups within TTP have not accepted , which has caused a serious split in the organization."
Mullah Fazlullah was elected head of the TTP last November following the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone strike.
A new bloc, named the TTP Jamatul Ahrar (freedom fighters group), announced its split from the group Thursday and named Omar Khalid Khorasani as its commander.