|Two ‘Senior Members’ of ‘Pakistani Taliban’ Killed in Kabul: BBC|
|[ToloNews] The BBC reported the of two senior members of the "Pak " in Kabul last week.|
The killing of the two men, named by the BBC as Sheikh Khalid Haqqani and Qari Saifullah, has raised concerns among Afghan analysts who say that the infiltration of key Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) leaders in Kabul raises a lot of questions.
The Afghan security agencies so far have not commented officially.
a security source speaking to TOLOnews on condition of anonymity said that last week "two men" were "mysteriously" killed in an area near the Intercontinental Hotel in PD5 of the Afghan capital Kabul, which is the location also identified by the BBC report.
According to the source, the Afghan security agencies arrested the assailants.
Sami Yousufzai, a co-author of the BBC report, told TOLOnews that the two men "wanted to go to Kunar from , they were supposed to meet or attend an invitation in Kabul near the Intercontinental hotel, but they were killed there."
Afghan commentators speculated about the alleged meeting and death of the two men:
"Khalid Haqqani and Younus (Qari Saifullah) perhaps came to Kabul to shine a signal and reach sort of harmony with the officials (Afghan officials), I think those people who do not want the Taliban to surrender or end the war plotted this attack on them," said political analyst Ahmad Saeedi.
Haqqani was one of the close aides to former TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud who was killed in a in 2013. Haqqani was formerly a deputy head of the TTP, and had currently held a "key position" in the group’s leadership council, said the BBC report.
"This is a major blow to the Pak Taliban, it is a great loss for them, the Pak Taliban are currently under massive pressure, some of their leaders have sought refuge in Afghanistan," said Pak journalist Tahir Khan.
Details of the incident will be shared with the public once the investigations are completed, the security source said.
Khurasani did not disclose details about the incident but said he was on his way for carrying out an attack when Afghan forces stopped his way and killed him.
Afghan government kept it secret and did not share information with the public in this regard.
The questions are why the TTP leaders were in Kabul, how and who killed them.
Another source from TTP said they believe the murder was done by Pakistan’s intelligence service, ISI.
|Death of a terrorist leader|
|[AspiStrategist] Late last week a US drone killed Maulana Fazlullah, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban—known as the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)—in Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province. This is a serious body blow to the TTP, which had already been significantly weakened by several counter-insurgency and counterterrorism operations in recent years.|
Fazlullah, who was 44 years old, was a particularly nasty individual. He took over as the TPP’s leader after another US drone strike killed his predecessor, Hakimullah Mehsud, in November 2013. Fazlullah sought the imposition of Sharia law throughout Pakistan. He led the insurgency in the Swat valley in 2007–2009 during which music and barber shops were banned and girls were discouraged from going to school. It took some 35,000 troops to dislodge him and his fighters from that area.
But Fazlullah will be especially remembered for two notoriously vicious terrorist acts. First he ordered the assassination in 2012 of 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai because of her advocacy of education for girls. She was badly injured in the terrorist attack but recovered, and was eventually awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
|Haqqani network on top as US shares list of 20 terror groups with Pakistan|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The United States has shared a list of at least twenty terrorist groups with Islamabad which Washington insists use the Pak soil for the terrorist activities in Afghanistan and elsewhere, it has been reported.|
Diplomatic sources have confirmed to the local news outlet Dawn News that the White House retains a list of 20 terrorist groups that the Trump administration claims are operating in Pakistain.
The sources further added that the list has reportedly been shared with Islamabad by Afghanistan and the United States.
In the meantime, reports indicate that the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said the US and Pakistain had been engaged in "a very healthy exchange of information on terrorists" since his visit to Islamabad last week.
Tillerson has further added that further information will also be shared with Pakistain in the future to include information on "specific location on any given day of where certain individuals or certain cells may be located."
According to reports, the Haqqani terrorist network is on the top of the list shared with Islamabad as the US officials are saying that the network has safe havens in Fata and uses them to launch attacks into Afghanistan.
But the Pak officials reject the claims by Washigton and insist that no such safe havens exist in the country.
Added from Dawn:
Top on the list is the Haqqani network which, the United States claims, has safe havens in Fata and uses them to launch attacks into Afghanistan. Pakistan strongly rejects the charge, saying that there are no such safe havens inside the country.
Harakatul Mujahideen is a Pakistan-based militant group operating primarily in Kashmir. The US says that group had links to Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda as well.
Jaish-e-Mohammed operates mainly in Kashmir and the liberation of the Indian occupied Kashmir is its declared objective.
Jundullah is associated with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and was commanded by militant Hakimullah Mehsud, the Emir of TTP until his death in November 2013. It had vowed allegiance to the militant Islamic State group.
The United States identified Lashkar-e-Taiba as one of the largest and most active terrorist organisations in South Asia. Founded in 1987 by Hafiz Saeed, Abdullah Azzam and Zafar Iqbal in Afghanistan, the group had its headquarters in Muridke. It too is focused on Kashmir.
Lashkar-e-Taiba was involved in the 2001 Indian parliament attack and the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Lashkar-i-Jhanghvi, an offshoot of anti-Shia sectarian group Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan, was founded by former SSP activists Riaz Basra, Malik Ishaq, Akram Lahori and Ghulam Rasool Shah.
The US blames this group for committing hundreds of target killings and dozens of mass attacks inside Pakistan.
Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, an umbrella organisation of various militant groups, was based in Fata, but has now relocated to Afghanistan. The US says that the group wants to enforce its own interpretation of Sharia and plans to unite against Nato-led forces in Afghanistan. It has conducted hundreds of terrorist attacks inside Pakistan.
Other groups on the list are: Harakatul Jihadi-i-Islami, Jamaatul Ahrar, Jamaatud Dawa al-Quran and Tariq Gidar Group, which is one of 13 TTP affiliates. The Tariq Gidar Group has been behind some of the deadliest attacks inside Pakistan, including the Dec 16, 2014, massacre at the Army Public School in Peshawar that left 132 schoolchildren and nine staffers dead.
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Commander Nazir Group, Indian Mujahideen, Islamic Jihad Union, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan ISIS-Khorasan, Al Qaeda in the Indian Sub-Continent and the Turkistan Islamic Party Movement are also on the list.
|Famed singer Amjad Sabri gunned down in Karachi|
|[DAWN] Renowned Qawwal Amjad Sabri was in Wednesday afternoon, after unknown assailants fired at his vehicle in the city's Liaquatabad area.|
Qari Saifullah Mehsud, spokesperson for the TTP Hakimullah Mehsud group, has for the attack.
Additional Inspector General Mushtaq Mehar told Dawn that two men riding a fired shots at the car, terming the incident as " '>assassination." He said the motive of the killing is unknown as of now.
Sabri, 45, and an associate were travelling in a car in Liaquatabad 10 area, when unidentified fired at their vehicle, critically injuring him. The two were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed hospital immediately, where Sabri .
"Two riders used 30-bore pistols to shoot Sabri five times, the bullet to the head took the qawwal's life. The attackers took the Hassan Square route to escape," said DIG West.
"We have cordoned off the area and will arrest the culprits using all our resources," added the DIG.
Police officials recovered five 30-bore casings from the scene of the attack, which have been sent for forensics.
Both front side windows were shattered and three bullet holes could be seen on the front screen.
Ghulam Ahmed, an eye witness told SAMAA TV he saw two riding men fire shots at one side of the car. "Then they turned and fired four shots on the other side of the car."
Additional police surgeon Dr Rohina Hasan confirmed Sabri's demise. He was shot thrice ‐ twice in the head and once in the leg ‐ police sources said.
Senior Director Health Services Abbasi Shaheed Hospital also confirmed that Sabri was declared dead on arrival.
Fakhre Alam, Chairman of Sindh Censor Board, has claimed in a tweet that Sabri had earlier submitted an application for security, but the home department did not act on it.
an official source claimed the home department had received no such request. SSP Central also stated he is not aware of any such request.
Amjad Sabri was one of the country’s finest qawwals, known for his soul-stirring renditions of mystic poetry. He enthralled music aficionados with his brand of spirituality, mysticism and ecstasy for years. He was not only well-versed with the structure and aesthetics of qawwali but also knew how to make it adaptive to the contemporary music keeping its essence alive.
|Hakimullah’s brother, uncle among 6 surrender|
|[NATION.PK] Former Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud’s brother and uncle are among six key members of the group who have surrendered to the security forces in , officials said on Sunday.|
"Ejaz Mehsud and Khair Muhammad Mehsud, uncle of Hakimullah, handed themselves to authorities late Saturday," an official said.
Both men surrendered at Lower Kurram’s Shaheedanu Dand, one of the three crossing points between Kurram and Afghanistan.
the official refused to comment on whether the two men crossed into Pakistain from Afghanistan or had been hiding on the Pak side of the border. Sources further said that at least four TTP commanders also surrendered to authorities and there was a possibility that more Taliban members could surrender in a couple of days. "All the surrendered men have been shifted to security forces’ fort in Tull area," a source said.
Some sources say Hakeemullah’s relatives may have entered into Pakistain as the authorities opened the crossing with Afghanistan on Saturday after days of on the Torkham border.
The group has not yet commented on the development.
Taliban faced a serious rift after the death of Hakimullah and some Taliban sources had earlier said nearly 200 had been killed in between the supporters of rival commanders Sheharyar Mehsud and Khan Said alias Sajna.
Hakimullah, who was in his thirties, had been killed in a US drone strike in North Agency in November 2013. He was buried at an unknown location a day later.
He had succeeded his mentor, Baitullah Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone strike in August 2009. Hakimullah Mehsud, the young, ferocious and vengeful chief of TTP had survived at least two US drone strikes in the past. on November 1, 2013, his luck ran out.
|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.