Hakimullah Mehsud's look-alike brother is said to be the one giving interviews on TV. - File photo

ISLAMABAD The security forces believe the new Taliban Commander Hakimullah Mehsud is already dead and Taliban in order to save their image are giving the impression that he is alive.

A private TV channel, citing intelligence sources, said it was Hakimullah's brother who gave the interview to BBC some days ago.

Hakimullah Mehsud's look-alike brother was specially summoned from Afghanistan to head the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan on a temporary basis while a decision to appoint the new chief was taken by Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

The security forces also said the Taliban declared Hakimullah Mehsud as their new chief to prove their top leadership is still alive. Sources said, the security forces are finalizing preparation to launch a massive offensive against the Taliban in South Wazirisitan.—Online

Updated Sep 01, 2009 12:00am

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