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Who is Taliban commander Umar Mansoor?


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PESHAWAR: The Tehreek-i-Taliban Geedar group commander who claimed the deadly attack on Bacha Khan University in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Charsadda Wednesday is Umar Mansoor, the de facto operational head of TTP in KP.

Journalist Hasan Abdullah tells Mansoor is the faction's commander specifically in Charsadda, Darra Adam Khel, Noshera and surrounding areas. "He had been very close to Hakimullah Mehsud's inner circle and was also close to Umar Khalid Khorasani at one time," says Abdullah.

He adds while he is said to have shifted to Afghanistan after Pakistan's military operation in 2014, Mansoor is reported to have crossed into Pakistan at several points.

A Reuters profile titled 'Pakistan's most hated man: volleyball player, child killer' described Mansoor as a 37-year-old father of three and volleyball enthusiast who is nicknamed "Slim".

His real name is Umar Mansoor and is also claimed by TTP to be the mastermind of 2014's massacre of 132 children and nine staff at a military-run school in Peshawar - the deadliest militant attack in Pakistan's history.

A video posted on a Taliban wesbite after the Army Public School attack showed a man with a chest-length beard, who sought to justify the Dec. 16 attack. The caption identified him as Umar Mansoor.

The Taliban said the APS attack, in which gunmen wearing suicide-bomb vests executed children, was retaliation for a military offensive carried out by the Pakistani army.

Six Pakistani Taliban interviewed by Reuters confirmed the mastermind was Mansoor. Four of them said he is close to Mullah Fazlullah, the embattled leader of the TTP who ordered assassins to kill schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai.

Mansoor got a high school education in the capital, Islamabad, two Taliban members said, and later studied in a madrassah.

Mansoor has two brothers and spent some time working in the city of Karachi as a labourer before joining the Taliban soon after it was formed, in late 2007, said one commander.

His nickname is "naray," a word in the Pashto language meaning "slim", and he is the father of two daughters and a son, said another commanders.

The Taliban video describes him as the "amir", or leader, of Peshawar and nearby Darra Adam Khel. Mansoor deeply opposes talks with the government, the commanders said.

"He was very strict from the start when he joined," a commander said. "He left many commanders behind if they had a soft corner (of their heart) for the government."

2011-15: Attacks on educational institutions in Pakistan

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Angry Pitbull Jan 20, 2016 02:08pm

After Pathankot incident India and pakistan agreed to work together to combat terrorism, In the same way pakistan should work with afghanistan to combat these killers also.

Ishtiaq Ahmed Jan 20, 2016 02:16pm

He is indeed a disgrace to humanity and mass murderer. No wonder he is master-minding such utterly cowardly attacks on school children rather than fighting the soldiers.

Pakistan Zindabad Jan 20, 2016 02:39pm

Can we accept the success of Operation Zarb-e-Azb?

M. Ahmed Jan 20, 2016 02:44pm

Pakistan must raise the issue of India RAW sponsored terrorism at UN Security Council and other international forums, the real face RAW terror must be exposed to the world.

Ankit Tiwari Jan 20, 2016 02:48pm

@M. Ahmed

Is there is no more option to divert the responsibility of governance ?

Naasir Jan 20, 2016 02:49pm

I think the immediate family of all these terrorists should be apprehended. This way they will know that their families will continue paying a price even when they are dead.

MSD Jan 20, 2016 02:52pm

Now Pakistan should conduct air strikes in Afghanistan to kill TTP leaders.

max Jan 20, 2016 02:59pm

@MSD Afghanistan or India?

zahid amhed Jan 20, 2016 03:01pm

1 . Afghan border should be sealed at any cost. 2. Afghan Land trade holders should be issued visa. 3 . civilian should only be allowed via strict visa policy.

ali Jan 20, 2016 03:06pm

@MSD not strike, coordinate is a better way to work out things.

calypso Jan 20, 2016 03:12pm

How Long do we Need to bring the killer of our childern behind bars? No pardon, Zero tolerance against all terrorists, disregard of the flags they are carrying. Shame on them, who are using the holy Name of Islam to kill Muislims.

Taimoor Khan Jan 20, 2016 03:12pm

Tell us who is behind this mercenary , who is funding him, who is giving support and shelter to him? These are the real questions which needs to be answered and dealt with.

lafanga Jan 20, 2016 03:14pm

Whoever he is, Pakistan needs to eliminate him. It's the matter of life and death of our school going children. No mercy. Also look for Fazlullah. He needs to be taken out as well. Afghan intel won't do it because they are protecting them. It's upto Pakistan to do it by whatever means necessary and available.

janan Jan 20, 2016 03:16pm

naray need to go!

AA Jan 20, 2016 03:29pm

As long as we harbour extremist like Mulla Aziz we can not expect things to get better...No one speaks up against him and he can keep Islamabad hostage at any time he wants to

irfan Jan 20, 2016 03:35pm

It is time we should mined the border with Afghanistan .

Tayyab K Jan 20, 2016 03:49pm

The Tehreek-i-Taliban Geedar group commander- Umar Mansoor is nothing but a coward... total illiterate kind a person, I am sure he isn't a Muslim as well bcoz Islam is religion of peace but of not destruction

Maqsood Jan 20, 2016 03:51pm

The 2013 is repeating.

Abdul Jan 20, 2016 04:10pm

We want him dead or alive within one month

Haroon Rashid Khan Jan 20, 2016 04:11pm

For mullah fazlullah it has been claimed he is hiding somewhere in Kunar province of Afghanistan. Is there any information about the whereabouts of umar mansoor?

People of Pakistan Jan 20, 2016 04:17pm

You mentioned that terrorists have uploaded the video on their website, what?? Do we haven't the capacity to locate the registration, location and address of this and destroy this website it's handlers?

M. Siddique Jan 20, 2016 04:18pm

Eliminate this butcher.

imtiaz syed Jan 20, 2016 04:22pm

simply close the afghan border, all problems will be solved. we should plant mines there on afghan border along with automatic guns. we should have 100,000 army personnals there on afghan border.

Abdulla Hussain Jan 20, 2016 04:25pm

Cursed & doomed stupids. Kill them all, not one should escape punishment.

Malang Jan 20, 2016 04:38pm

Geedar !! What a perfect name they have opted for them. Sick of watching such similar faces who have nothing to do with religion but they covered their heinous faces to disguise themselves as the champions of Sharia.

Multinational Bhabi Jan 20, 2016 04:45pm

So he was close to Hakeem Ullah Mehsood. When are we going to send him 'close' to Hakeem Ullah Mehsood again?

VA Jan 20, 2016 04:45pm

Punish each and every terrorist. They are snakes and will turn to Pak any time like this. Value human life. Why some of them are treated well and not even arrested?

naeem Jan 20, 2016 04:56pm

Afghanistan must be forced to stop harboring terrorists

AXH Jan 20, 2016 05:06pm

"Who is Taliban commander Umar Mansoor?", an impotent coward is the answer.

AXH Jan 20, 2016 05:10pm

@naeem - As much as I agree with you, the reality is that AFG does not have the resources to deal with this situation.

Ram Jan 20, 2016 05:28pm

@Naasir Wrong approach. These lunatics don't care for their own family as well.

Ram Jan 20, 2016 05:30pm

@Taimoor Khan Of course I agree. We also should investigate who is supporting and funding LeT and JeM etc. as well. No good and bad terrorists.

Skeptic Jan 20, 2016 05:34pm

Why ask a question, when we already know the answer?

He cannot be Human! Very simple.

Muslim Medina Jan 20, 2016 05:41pm

I agree with most of the comments that we should seal or mine Pakistan's border with Afghanistan. Umar Mansoor considers himself to be a Muslim which is far from truth. In fact whoever carries out attacks on innocent people cannot be a Muslim.

rahat Jan 20, 2016 06:04pm

Whoever this Mr. Slim is, certainly he is not a human being. He along with his other beast comrades should be brought to justice. Terrorism is common problem and Afghan and Pakistani forces should make coordinated efforts to wipe out the this menace.

KM Jan 20, 2016 06:34pm

Put a million dollars bounty on his head, dead or alive. He will be found soon. Once found, kill him without delay.

Ajaya K Dutt Jan 20, 2016 06:41pm

@VA - Exactly. There are no assets in these, only liabilities.

Imran Jan 20, 2016 06:48pm

@Taimoor Khan I am sure your reaction was totally different after Pathankot attack and you are singing a different song now. Terrorism must be eradicated, period. It is like a virus, it harms everyone around.

ram singh soni Jan 20, 2016 06:49pm

@M. Ahmed ,dear brother , what is the evidence? don't you think it is premature to come to hasty conclusion. let investigation be completed. prepare a dossier and send to UNO secretary General. he will examine it and will take appropriate action if evidence is admissible

Zala Jan 20, 2016 06:59pm

Innocent people are being killed everyday and the government says that they have been successful in curbing terrorism. They have failed miserably in protecting the life of common man.

Atlantic Jan 20, 2016 07:09pm

In response to the headline question, I would say he is a seriously misguided individual who is a criminal. Period.

Zulfiqar Jan 20, 2016 07:13pm

Pakistan must expel all Afghanis from Pakistan. Pakistan saved & feed them and now they are giving this result to us.

Truth Jan 20, 2016 07:16pm

What happened is unforgiving and is condemnable. Action must be taken to take down the TTP which Pak Army is already working on it.

Pakistani Jan 20, 2016 07:30pm

Please note Afghanistan Government never condemn the attack so far

basit Jan 20, 2016 07:32pm

the question is that who are sponsoring these brutal groups to kill our innocent people,national and international factors have to consider to cover up these types of attacks.

ayub Jan 20, 2016 07:48pm

The prevailing social injustice is the main cause of terrorism. Times have changed and awareness has created among the common people. There is sense of deprivation and discrimination being felt by the young generation. The gape between the have and have-not has increased tremendously during the last couple of decades. Due to frustration they join the opposing side to take revenge for the injustice done to them by the society.

Pluto Jan 20, 2016 08:40pm

Send all Afghans back to their own country. Seal the border and then conduct air strikes in Afghanistan this will eliminate all terrorism

Bobby Paul Jan 20, 2016 10:40pm

@Taimoor Khan Absolutely I agree with you. We also should investigate who is supporting and funding LeT and JeM and other Terrorist groups who fund each others as well. No good and bad terrorists

Parvez Jan 21, 2016 12:37am

Apparently Zarb-e-Azb and the much touted NAP have not produced the required results......and are looking more like exercises in self promotion.

truth Jan 21, 2016 01:01am

Time has come to put the beast in the cage. India, Pak and Afghan must work together to eliminate this beast. And together we have the resources to tackle it without any external help including China and US.

Muzammil Jan 21, 2016 01:21am

Is it not possible to dig 20 feet deep and 1 km wide dig on Afghan border. We don't need any land route with Afghan at all. Anyone wants to travel Afghanistan, he can travel by plane. Border with Afghanistan is the biggest reason of terrorism since 9/11.

Observer1 Jan 21, 2016 02:22am

@ali you are right but Kabul govt only has control in Kabul not in all parts of the country, We have to help them to root our these terrorist.

Salim Khan Jan 21, 2016 03:39am

We are again on the path of self destruction, when we blame our failures on external agencies. Lets call a spade-a-spade and accept these attacks as blow-back for our Zarb-e-Azb and find the loopholes and fill it. No point blaming others.

>:) Jan 21, 2016 03:41am

@Angry Pitbull We'll work with them. The problem is Afghanistan refuses to cooperate with us.

AKB Jan 21, 2016 03:52am

They post videos, make phone calls and accept responsibility for attacks but still can,t be traced and killed despite technological development.

Aisha Jan 21, 2016 04:01am

Heathen, looks like the devils spawn , hope he rots in hell. Why is security not treated as a serious issues in educational establishments since the Peshawar terrorist attacks. Surely this should be a priority and there should be a working group addressing this.

Real face Jan 21, 2016 04:06am

Simple labourer worked in the streets of karachi now taliban leader enjoying perks and privileges,most of taliban commanders has same history,no knowledge of religion whatsoever,now got power and influence got young uneducated people undercontrol.

ss Jan 21, 2016 06:52am

Little surprising to note that no politician has blamed India or the RAW for this incident. Things really seemed to have changed in Islamabad.

Logic Jan 21, 2016 10:13am

@Salim Khan One of very few sane comments..

sourav Ghosh Jan 21, 2016 11:25am

@M. Ahmed ...Um.. How exactly do you deduce this?

khanm Jan 21, 2016 12:09pm

Very interesting comments.... The question is.... are we making any progress, is the graph going down...It is time to device new strategy and try to find the answer at right places... we have to think out side the box...We need to study in depth where we are going wrong.. It is paradoxical, yet true, to say, that the more we know, the more ignorant we become in the absolute sense, for it is only through enlightenment that we become conscious of our limitations. Precisely one of the most gratifying results of intellectual evolution is the continuous opening up of new ideas and solutions

Zak Jan 21, 2016 01:54pm

@Pakistan Zindabad yes, because this is the last resort of the losing side- attacking children. Zarb e Azb has decimated them,most ran to Afghanistan back to their foreign handlers.

Qamber Jan 21, 2016 02:40pm

@ram singh soni do same practice when you blame Pakistan in every Terrorist attack ..

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Jan 21, 2016 03:31pm

Who is Taliban commander Umar Mansoor?

-Soon to be a dead man.

God keep our world a safe place for our future generation aim in!

JK Jan 21, 2016 03:33pm

Whoever he may be, he has been provided with resources to carry out such attacks in Pakistan by using Afghan land.what a plan India!!!

Nida Jan 21, 2016 03:39pm

these so called terrorists are being used by the real terrorists who finance them. I really pray the army can eradicate all the nasty elements. shame on TTP.. murderers.. barbarians

SMK Jan 21, 2016 03:44pm

Why don't you name the madrassah he was indoctrinated?

Mastang Jan 21, 2016 05:39pm

Close Afghan sims.... In Pakistan.... For God sake! Why are operated in Pakistan without any roming charges.

Adeel Saleem Jan 21, 2016 05:53pm

how this guy feeling would be when someone kill his kids like the way he is killing ours

Saqib Mirza Jan 21, 2016 07:01pm

no signs of Imran and Qadri in times like these. I would give them alot more credibility if they protested for the right reasons like putting pressure on government in capturing or killing masterminds of such attacks in Pakistan.

lucky Jan 21, 2016 07:53pm

@Nida Ever body know, India is funding

Thoughtful Jan 22, 2016 04:57am

@Taimoor Khan Of course Pakistan army, who else do you think?

usman Jan 22, 2016 05:26am

Pakistan should fly drone int Afghanistan and eliminate the lies of this sucker

Zubaida khan Jan 22, 2016 09:48am

@Naasir why? They really do not care about there families.

Zubaida khan Jan 22, 2016 09:51am

@imtiaz syed you cannot close the asghan border. It's not that easy. We have close to a 1500km border with Afghanistan.

Doctor Sahib Jan 22, 2016 12:21pm

There is only one way to oppose terror of this sort, and that is to respond in kind. The family house of this mass murderer must be blown up, as well as that of his family, especially his brother and sister's houses. Unless the response hurts, they will never stop. Sounds an over-reaction and gross, but then suggest a better solution.

Farangi Jan 22, 2016 05:10pm

A children's butcher.

Shan Jul 12, 2016 06:20pm

Good, A good terrorist is a dead terrorist. Thanks from the Pakistan to US for such Good action.

Alwin James Jul 12, 2016 07:30pm

@M. Ahmed brother comment anything about umar and then try to blame RAW.