Baitullah Mehsud

  • Pakistan: Photo of slain Taliban chief posted on jihadi websites November 4, 2013

    A photograph purportedly released, on Monday, by the Pakistani Taliban shows its slain chief Hakimullah Mehsud after he was killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan region. The photo, whose authenticity could not be independently confirmed, shows Mehsud lying on a white sheet with bloodstains on his face. It...
  • Taliban killed Benazir Bhutto: Pak probe October 26, 2010

    Islamabad: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was responsible for the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, concluded a probe carried out by the country's Federal Investigation Agency. The agency is likely to submit its report before an anti-terrorism court October 30, Dawn reported on Tuesday. The investigation report has accused slain TTP...
  • CIA bomber video calls for attacks in and outside US January 11, 2010

    Islamabad: The suicide bomber who killed CIA agents in Afghanistan had made a video calling on militants to avenge the death of the Pakistani Taliban leader by carrying out attacks in and outside the United States, al Jazeera said. A pilot less US drone aircraft strike killed Pakistan Taliban...
  • Pak Taliban leader considered dead meets reporters October 5, 2009

    Islamabad: The new chief of Pakistani Taliban militants who US and Pakistani officials said might be dead has surfaced to meet journalists in his stronghold of South Waziristan. Hakimullah Mehsud, who became Pakistani Taliban chief after his predecessor, Baitullah Mehsud, was killed in a US missile strike in early August, looked...
  • Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud dead: Report September 2, 2009

    New Delhi: Pakistan media reports suggest that the newly elected Pakistani Taliban chief, Hakimullah Mehsud, is dead. Pakistani authorities had said earlier that Hakimullah had died in a succession war with Wali-ur-Rehman a month ago. Pakistan media reports suggest that it was a lookalike brother of Hakimullah who gave an interview...
  • Pakistani Taliban confirm Mehsud is dead: Report August 26, 2009

    Islamabad: Pakistani Taliban militants confirmed on Tuesday for the first time that their leader, Baitullah Mehsud, had been killed, the BBC reported. Pakistani and US officials had said for days that Mehsud was killed in a missile strike by a pilotless US drone aircraft in his South Waziristan stronghold near the...
  • Taliban executes Baitullah's relatives on spying charges August 24, 2009

    Islamabad: Pakistani Taliban have executed Baitullah Mehsud's father-in-law and three of his relatives on suspicion of tipping off authorities of the slain commander's whereabouts, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Sunday. Some of Baitullah's relatives, who were in Taliban detention, have been killed by the militants on spying charges, Malik was...
  • New Taliban chief, a Hakimullah 'look alike': report August 23, 2009

    Islamabad: Pakistani Taliban has appointed a "look alike brother" of Hakimullah Mehsud as its new chief in order to give the impression that its leadership was safe, according to intelligence officials who believe that the militant commander was killed in a duel with a rival claimant. Taliban commander Maulvi Faqir Muhammad,...
  • Hakimullah Mehsud appointed chief of Pak Taliban August 22, 2009

    Islamabad: As authorities in Islamabad asserted that the militants on the country's soil were in disarray, Pakistani Taliban on Saturday announced Hakimullah Mehsud as their new chief, days after reports claimed that he was killed in a duel with a rival claimant. The announcement of new Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief, who led...
  • 'We took out' Pakistani Taliban chief, claims Obama August 21, 2009

    Washington: US President Barack Obama said on Thursday "we took out" Baitullah Mehsud, the Pakistani Taliban chief believed to have been killed this month in a missile strike by a US drone. Obama's comments seemed to go further than other US officials who had said there was a "90 per cent...
  • Maulvi Faqir takes over as Pak Taliban chief August 20, 2009

    Islamabad: Militant commander Maulvi Faqir Muhammad on Wednesday declared himself as the head of the Pakistani Taliban, saying he was temporarily replacing Baitullah Mehsud, whom Washington and Islamabad have said was almost certainly killed in a drone attack, as the latter is "seriously ill". Maulvi Faqir, the commander of Taliban fighters...
  • Arrested Taliban man confirms Baitullah's death August 19, 2009

    Islamabad: A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban who was arrested by security forces a day ago told investigators that top militant leader Baitullah Mehsud had died in a US missile attack, intelligence officials said on Tuesday. Maulvi Omar of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, a loose alliance of more than a dozen...
  • Spokesman for Baitullah Mehsud arrested by Pak August 18, 2009

    Islamabad: Security forces have captured the Pakistani Taliban's top spokesman in an operation near the Afghan border, intelligence officials said on Tuesday. The seizure of Mauvi Omar, a high-profile figure in the Taliban, was the latest blow to the militants after the reported death of top leader Baitullah Mehsud in a...
  • Pakistan Taliban clash with local militia, 70 killed August 12, 2009

    Islamabad: At least 70 people were killed and dozens injured Tuesday in clashes between Taliban militants and a pro-government militia in Pakistan's ungoverned tribal belt that borders Afghanistan, intelligence officials said Wednesday. The fighting erupted when dozens of militants loyal to local Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, attacked the followers of Turkistan...
  • Pak Taliban leader, presumed dead, calls up August 10, 2009

    Peshawar: A close aide to Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, believed by Pakistani officials to have been killed in a shootout with a rival, said on Monday both he and Mehsud were alive. The comments by Hakimullah Mehsud compounded confusion that has surrounded Mehsud's reported death in a US missile attack...
  • Mehsud's death a victory for safety in region: US August 10, 2009

    Washington: "Pretty sure" about the death of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, the US on Sunday said his death is a victory for safety and security of the region. "We are pretty sure (of the death of Baitullah Mehsud) and obviously that is a victory for safety and security in the...
  • Watch: Mehsud's likely successor killed in Taliban infighting August 9, 2009

    Hakimullah Mehsud was a contender for Tehreek-e-Taliban's top post. ...
  • Pak Taliban leaders fight for crown; 1 killed August 9, 2009

    Islamabad: The Pakistani government has received reports that shooting broke out between two rivals for the leadership of the Pakistani Taliban, and one of them may have been killed, the interior minister said on Saturday. Pakistani news channels were carrying unconfirmed reports that Hakimullah Mehsud, one of the movement's most powerful...
  • Taliban commander claims Baitullah Mehsud alive August 8, 2009

    Islamabad: A fellow commander in the Pakistani Taliban denied Baitullah Mehsud, the movement's leader, was killed in a suspected US drone attack this week, the BBC reported on Saturday. Hakimullah Mehsud, who controls fighters in the Orakzai, Kurram and Khyber tribal regions, described reports of Mehsud's death as "ridiculous"...
  • If correct, Mehsud's death is a good thing: US August 8, 2009

    Washington: Even as Islamabad was "pretty certain" that Pakistan Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a US missile attack, Washington declined to confirm his death, but said if correct it would undoubtedly make Pakistani people safer. "We have obviously seen reports - even by members of the Taliban - that...
  • Baitullah death, shot in the arm for US-Pak offensive August 7, 2009

    New Delhi: Even as the joint US-Pakistan offensive has claimed a major boost with the death of Baitullah Mehsud, the death of Pakistani Taliban commander has more to it than meets the eye. Baitullah had been on the run for months. He had been accused of stoking the insurgency in...
  • Pak, US check reports of Taliban chief death August 7, 2009

    Islamabad: US and Pakistani authorities are investigating reports that Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was killed in an American missile strike, officials from both countries said on Friday. If confirmed, Mehsud's demise would be a major boost to Pakistani and US efforts to eradicate the Taliban and al-Qaida. Mehsud is believed responsible...
  • Pakistan Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud killed August 8, 2009

    Islamabad: The chief of the Pakistani Taliban, Baitullah Mehsud, has been killed, a close aide to the militant leader said on Friday, adding that a meeting was being held to "choose his successor". He died with his wife on Wednesday in north-western Pakistan in a suspected US missile attack that also...
  • Pak Taliban chief Mehsud's wife killed in missile attack August 5, 2009

    Peshawar: The wife of Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was one of three killed on Wednesday in a missile strike by a suspected US drone in South Waziristan region on the the Afghan border, a relative said. "I confirm that the female that was killed in the strike was the wife...
  • Musharraf denies involvement in Benazir's assassination July 21, 2009

    Islamabad: Former Pakistani president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf has rejected allegations of his involvement in the assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Addressing a ceremony in London, the former army chief said the allegations of not providing proper security to Benazir Bhutto were "unsubstantiated", Geo TV reported. "Getting the UN...
  • Pak offers Rs 50 mn reward for Benazir's killer Mehsud June 28, 2009

    Islamabad: Pakistan has offered a Rs 50 million reward for information on Baitullah Mehsud, a senior leader of the Tehrik-e-Taliban who is linked to the assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Advertisements have appeared in newspapers here offering reward on information that leads to the arrest of Baitullah Mehsud...
  • Pak police claim Mehsud's close aides killed June 27, 2009

    Karachi: Pakistani police claimed to have killed five close accomplices of top Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud in Karachi on Friday night. City police chief Waseem Ahmed said the five persons were killed when they refused to surrender and engaged the police team which raided the militant hide out near Gadap town,...
  • Baitullah’s close associates arrested in Karachi June 24, 2009

    Karachi: Five close associates of Tehrik-e-Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud have been arrested from a heavy populated residential area of Karachi. A senior police official confirmed that the five were close friends of Baitullah Mehsud. They were involved in robbing banks, committing other crimes and sent the money to their leader. "The five were...
  • Taliban commander rival to Mehsud killed in Pak June 23, 2009

    Peshawar, Pakistan: A gunman shot dead a rival of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud on Tuesday, dealing a potential blow to a government plan to defeat al Qaeda ally Mehsud. The murder came as the military prepares an offensive against Mehsud, who has been accused of a string of bomb attacks,...
  • Pak jets pound Taliban strongholds in Waziristan June 19, 2009

    Islamabad: Pakistani fighter jets pounded Taliban strongholds in the volatile South Waziristan tribal region on Friday as the death toll from the series of US drone attacks in the region rose to 13. The warplanes hit targets in preparation for a full scale military operation which Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed...