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Profile: Hakimullah Mehsud

Updated Nov 02, 2013 11:20am


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Pakistani Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud. — Reuters Photo
Pakistani Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud. — Reuters Photo
Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud (L) sits beside a man who is believed to be Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal Al-Balawi, the suicide bomber who killed CIA agents in Afghanistan. — Reuters Photo
Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud (L) sits beside a man who is believed to be Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal Al-Balawi, the suicide bomber who killed CIA agents in Afghanistan. — Reuters Photo

Hakimullah Mehsud, the chief of the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was killed in a US drone strike in the North Waziristan tribal region on Friday evening.

Mehsud first came into public prominence after orchestrating audacious raids against the Pakistan Army.

According to reports, Hakimullah is a nom de guerre he later adopted (his birth name is Zulfiqar). He was initially a bodyguard to Baitullah Mehsud, his predecessor and founder of the umbrella group Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, and later became his close aide.

He was also appointed as a spokesman for Baitullah and succeeded him as leader after the latter was killed in a drone strike in August 2009.

In his early life, Hakimullah received basic education at a madrassah in a village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Hangu district.

It was only in 2007 after the capture of 300 Pakistani soldiers that his name and prestige among the Taliban rose dramatically.

He was made the Taliban commander in Khyber, Orakzai and Kurram and was regarded as the mastermind behind the attacks on Nato supply lines in the tribal region.

In 2010, Hakimullah appeared alongside a Jordanian militant in a farewell video in which the latter claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in Afghanistan in which seven CIA agents were killed.

Under Hakimullah, the Taliban formed complex alliances with other extremist militant groups spread across Pakistan.

Regarded by several Taliban militants as being their best leader to date, Hakimullah was known to be a fierce and ruthless leader who inspired respect amongst other militants.

His unknown whereabouts and numerous reports of his killing only added to his prestige among Taliban militants.

In 2009, he was reported to have been killed after a drone strike – one of at least two reports that later turned out to be false.

The United States had also offered a reward of $5 million for information leading to the capture of Hakimullah Mehsud.


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sattar rind Nov 01, 2013 11:26pm

Its good news. He was killer.

Sami Nov 01, 2013 11:36pm

Great Job !!!! Its time that Taliban realises that no point in kicking the rocks.

Thoughtful Nov 01, 2013 11:58pm

Great news! Finally a killer without any human instinct has been wiped out. The effectiveness of drone strikes can be gauged by the removal of this maniac and many others like him. keep it up! Well done USA!

Kris Arjun Nov 02, 2013 12:31am

Thank you Pakistan for helping America take out a terrorist.

Ahmer Nov 02, 2013 12:40am

Hakimullah's hands were red in Pakistani blood. Whoever disclosed his location whether the Army or the civil administration, deserves every Pakistani's thanks.

Ahmer Nov 02, 2013 12:49am

His hands were red in Pakistani blood. He deserved the end he met.

Avi Nov 02, 2013 01:27am

hope it's true this time

Anti-terror Nov 02, 2013 03:41am

Today was a good day.

S. A. M. Nov 02, 2013 04:02am

1 less now. great news.

farrukh Nov 02, 2013 11:03am

am surprised at the reaction of Imran Khan.This terrorist has blood of thousands of innocent civilians as well as thousands of soldiers on his hands.We should be thankful to AMERICANS for doing what we were unable to do but we are being thankless and are protesting against this.We ,in the eyes of the world are hypocrites and thankless nation.It seems that we will still need american drones to track and kill the killers of innocent tourists tourists from friendly nations like china who were murdered in cold blood in Chilas by TTP.

M Rafique Nov 02, 2013 11:50am

Thank you DAWN NEWS for publishing such a profile but forget to include brutal murders of innocents and bare handed civilians in it. The name of madarsa is also not disclosed which supposed to be essential part of a porfile

vigilant Nov 02, 2013 01:06pm

Why media is publish profiles of a butcher? His terror activities killed thousand innocent Pakistanis. He was scumbag & will rot in hell forever.Ameen

s singh Nov 02, 2013 01:56pm

After Mr,Sharif's return U.S.took away two Mehsuds.seems army appreciates drone strikes as ,it,perhaps thinks that anti americanism and elimination of senior TTP leaders can be achieved without a risky fight with the Taliban.All opposition to drones strike is just a face saving propaganda.Pak and America on the same page.Party politicians are generally not trusted in Indian subcontinent

SaeedS Nov 02, 2013 04:59pm

Please media don't glorify him . He is a killer

Khan Nov 02, 2013 05:07pm

@vigilant: I fully agree with vigilant. Thankyou America.

Gerry D'Cunha Nov 02, 2013 05:39pm


Bill Gates Nov 02, 2013 07:36pm

That's Right "person or people who take innocent people life will get there day" and that what happened. TTP are uneducated people who using their brain from their Bottom instead of head. Serve them right.

independentthinker Nov 02, 2013 08:15pm

For every one Taliban killed, it gives birth to 5 new Talibans. While I am pleased to see this murderer gone, I am afraid we have not seen the end. Unless we practice the rule of law, provide education to our population and stand firm in our beliefs, rather than be intimidated by foreign powers, this problem will continue. We don't need leaders who would urge a foreign power not to invade our sovereign country, would not demand the release of Aafia Siddiqui and yet, agree to look at Dr, Affridi's case, which happens to be in the interest of the Americans. If drone strikes are indeed in our interest, then come out and say so. Don't speak from both sides of your mouth - we condemn drone attacks and yet, we are not doing anything about it. That to me is hypocrisy and it is worse, since it is coming from our leader.

Netdomain Nov 02, 2013 11:21pm

good job.

Youth Nov 03, 2013 12:44am

This was the destiny of a man to chose to orphan many children, wives to become widow, sisters to loose brothers, mothers to loose sons & daughters etc etc etc. This man got his punishment.

Dude Nov 03, 2013 08:29am

RIP !!

hassan Nov 03, 2013 09:27am

thank God, a killer met his end. although it is ironic that on one hand drones are bad for us but on the other they are getting rid of brutal murderers like mehsud

Asif Nov 03, 2013 02:48pm

They have not only won but they have also destroyed Americans and pride of Pakistan army.

Sachin Nov 03, 2013 03:22pm

Jiyo aur jine do.. Great job by pakistan to support us drown attack.

Ashraf Aziz Nov 03, 2013 04:45pm

@Gerry D'Cunha: Well Said.

msa Nov 03, 2013 05:14pm

@independentthinker: drone attacks are doing some thing that pakistan wants to but cannot do, either because of its lack of capability, fear of reprisal, or political convenience.

msa Nov 03, 2013 05:25pm

@s singh: politicians are not trusted anywhere in the world, not even in America.

Anand Nov 03, 2013 07:26pm

The man whose hand was stained with blood of many innocent people saw a bloody end to his own life. Gor always do justice if not human beings.

Down Down terrorists. Long live innocent civilians.

Salim A Nov 03, 2013 08:26pm

The madressahs are the breeding grounds for these terrorists. Instead of teaching to read, write and study, these mullahs teach young children(men) to become, angry, vicious and ultimately killers, mostly of innocents.

Pakistan has failed to protect its children from the scourge of the Madrassahs. Education is the key to defeating terrorists. We need more Malalas among our young men and better adults who can give the children a better future.

syed Nov 03, 2013 09:19pm

Why the government is so appologitic on the death (killing) of this terrorist. This action should have been taken by the Pakistani army. But they are either not capable or are playing a game that they always been involved in. The army and politicians of this nation have been selling the honour a d prestige of this nation for personal gains since 1947. The are so illitetate and thus are incapable of learning lessons from history.

Ali Nov 03, 2013 09:13pm

This monster deserved a more violent death as he was responsible for direct and indirect killings of innocent men, women, children and more over thousands of maimed and disabled persons.

Sarwat Nov 04, 2013 02:10am

He was a terrorist and a murderer, this much is enough for his profile. Now he will pay for his crimes against humanity. Now he is in Allah's court and we all know his fate.

babar Hassan Khan Nov 04, 2013 09:37am

america is enemy of prosperity\

abdulaziz Nov 04, 2013 09:56am

This martyr lived lavishly just a kilometer from the head quarters of mighty Pak military.

Zuhaib Nov 04, 2013 06:04pm

While one mehsud is dead, rest assured many are already in the making or would have been made as he left two widows... you are fighting against a mindset and NOT against any particular person or group... this fight will not lead you anywhere, both parties objective is to kill each other till last man stand!!!