Khan Said ‘Sajna’ new notorious TTP chief after Hakimullah

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Pakistan
Saturday, 02 November 2013

sjana khan ttpA meeting of the Pakistani Taliban's Shura (Council of killers) on Saturday named Khan Said Sajna aka Khalid as the next chief of the banned terrorist group Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan militant organisation a day after a US drone strike killed its former leader Hakimullah Mehsud in North Waziristan.

Most of the members of the killers council were present in the meeting which was held at an undisclosed location though all members could not attend it.

Out of 60 members attending the Shura, 43 members voted in favor of 'Sajna' whereas 17 others voted against him, militant sources told who added that Said's election was not confirmed by splinter groups of the militant organisation.

Said, who is 36, is believed to be involved in the attack on a Pakistan Navy Naval base in Karachi and is also credited with masterminding a 2012 jailbreak in which the Taliban freed 400 inmates in the northwestern city of Bannu.

“Sajna has no basic education, conventional or religious, but he is battle-hardened and has experience of fighting in Afghanistan,” an official had said earlier.

The council was considering four top terrorists of names of American CIA and Indian RAW agents for the post which included Khan Said, Umar Khalid Khurasani, Mullah Fazlullah and Ghalib Mehsud.

The South Waziristan Taliban chief, Khan Said Sajna alias Khalid, was tipped to succeed Hakimullah Mehsud as TTP chief.

Chief of Mohmand Taliban Umar Khalid Khurasani was also a strong contender for the slot as he was the only surviving senior Taliban commander who had directly commanded operations under Hakimullah.

Mullah Fazlullah, chief of the Swat Taliban, was another senior commander but he was unlikely to replace the assassinated TTP chief for not belonging to the Mehsud clan.

Hakimullah Mehsud and five other Taliban militants were killed and two others wounded on Friday when a US drone targeted the TTP chief's vehicle as he left a meeting at a mosque in Dande Darpakhel area of North Waziristan.

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