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TTP appoints Sajna as Mehsud’s successor

TTP appoints Sajna as Mehsud’s successor

Nov 02, 2013 - 15:17

ISLAMABAD (PANinfo-icon): Khan Said Mehsud, alias Sajna, replaced Hakimullah Mehsud as Tehreek-i-Talibaninfo-icon Pakistaninfo-icon (TTP) head on Saturday, the day his predecessor Hakimullah Mehsud was laid to rest, local officials said.

Mehsud was killed along with several close associates in a US drone strike in the Dande Darpakhel area near Miranshah, the North Waziristan Agency headquarters, on Friday.

Sajna had previously been elevated as TTP’s second-in-command after the killing of Waliur Rehman Mehsud in a similar strike on May 29, 2013. He was born in the Sararogh area of South Waziristan.

The appointment of TTP’s new chief came at a meeting of its Central Advisory Council. Most of the council members were present at the meeting held at an undisclosed location.

Of the 60 members attending the Shurainfo-icon, 43 voted for and 17 others against Sajna, according to a TTP source, who said that the election had not been endorsed by splinter groups of the outlawed organisation.

The incoming TTP leader, 36, reportedly spearheaded the attack on a naval base in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi besides masterminding a 2012 jailbreak that led to the escape of hundreds of militants in Bannu district.

A Pakistani newspaper quoted an unnamed official as saying: “Sajna has no basic educationinfo-icon, conventional or religious, but he is battle-hardened and has experience in fighting in Afghanistaninfo-icon.”




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