Pakistan: Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is looking to re-establish itself under the new leadership of Noor Wali Mehsud by renewing its campaign of terror in Pakistan, multiple security sources have told ITCT Newsdesk.
Since the death of its former emir Mullah Fazlullah, who became the cause of discontent within TTP ranks and whose tenure saw the establishment of splinter groups like Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and Hizbul Ahrar, TTP is now once again back in the hands of a Mehsud tribesman, and with that TTP is now looking to re-establish itself in Pakistan with a renewed campaign of terror, a Pakistani security source told ITCT Newsdesk. Noor Wali Mehsud has given a second life to TTP, which now operates from Afghanistan, where most of its leadership is now based.
Another Pakistani security source, while to talking to ITCT Newsdesk on the condition of anonymity, said that TTP now also has some competition to worry about, in the form of Daesh (Islamic State) and Hizbul Ahrar, the two other most active groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan region. The most recent attack claimed by Islamic State in Pakistan was a targeted assassination of a Shi’ite Muslim in Pakistan’s largest city Karachi, which took place on 13th Nov.
While talking to ITCT Newsdesk, ITCT Deputy Director Faran Jeffery said,”On 17th November, TTP’s (Noor Wali Mehsud group) carried out an IED blast in Bajaur Agency, which targeted the vehicle of a pro-government peace militia leader named Malik Wakil Khan, who survived the attack. On same day, TTP carried out two other attacks: One gun attack on Pakistani soldiers who were on patrol in South Waziristan, which killed two soldiers and injured another three, and a targeted assassination of a former police officer named Naeem Kakar in Quetta city of Pakistan. Later TTP also released a short video of the assassination, although because of the quality of the video it is impossible to determine its authenticity. Just one day earlier, on 16th Nov, TTP carried out another IED blast in Bajaur Agency which targeted another leader of a pro-government peace militia, named Ameer Mohammed, who also survived the attack. TTP’s other splinter group, the Sheheryar Mehsud faction, also carried out a cross-border attack in North Waziristan on 17th Nov. The jihadist group Hizbul Ahrar also carried out an IED blast in North Waziristan’s Mir Ali area on 17th Nov, which targeted the vehicle of a pro-government militiaman named Sheera Jaan, who survived the attack. Another yet unclaimed rocket attack was carried out on 17th Nov in North Waziristan, which killed two Pakistani soldiers and injured another two. So many attacks in such a short time by multiple jihadist groups only means one thing: it’s going to get worse. Besides there being competition among different TTP commanders, there’s also intra-jihadi competition between various groups like TTP and its many factions, Hizbul Ahrar, Islamic State, etc. Recently, there has been a lot of TTP activity in Bajaur Agency region, and it looks like Pakistani military and other security institutions are the prime target of all these jihadist groups, who still appear to have informants and supporters within Pakistan. Pakistan’s war on terror is far from over.”