ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - After the Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah was targeted and killed in a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan’s northeastern Kunar province, now the group has named its new head.
The group, which is officially called the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) or the Pakistan Taliban group named 39-year-old religious scholar, Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud as the new chief of the group.
Making the announcement, TTP spokesman Mohammad Khurasani confirmed that their leader was killed and Mehsud was chosen by the Taliban council as his successor.
The spokesman added that Mufti Hazratullah has been named as Mehsud's deputy.
Fazlullah’s replacement, Mehsud was born in the Tiarza area of South Waziristan on June 26, 1978.
Mehsud, who studied in various religious seminaries of Pakistan, had survived a 2014 drone strike in South Waziristan, which killed eight Taliban terrorists.
He then authored a book in Urdu titled ‘Inqalab-e-Mehsud-South Waziristan: Farangi Raj say Amreeki Samraj Tak’ (Mehsud Revolution and South Waziristan: From British Raj to American Imperialism).
Further, in the controversial book, for the first time ever, Mehsud claimed on behalf of Taliban, that TTP terrorists were involved in the killing of former premier Benazir Bhutto in 2007 in Rawalpindi.
He also confessed in the book that TTP platform was used for extortion, kidnapping and killings to get money to finance the groups' activities.
While his current location is not known, Mehsud is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan.