Mehsud’s brother ....

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

be­tween Kur­ram and Afghanistan.

How­ever, the of­fi­cial re­fused to com­ment on whether the two men crossed into Pak­istan from Afghanistan or had been hid­ing on the Pak­istani side of the bor­der.

Sources fur­ther said that at least four TTP com­man­ders also sur­ren­dered to au­thor­i­ties and there is a pos­si­bil­ity that more Tal­iban mem­bers could sur­ren­der in a cou­ple of days. “All the sur­ren­dered men have been shifted to se­cu­rity forces’ fort in Tull area,” a source said.

Some sources say Ha­keemul­lah’s rel­a­tives may have en­tered Pak­istan as the au­thor­i­ties opened the cross­ing with Afghanistan on Satur­day af­ter days of clashes on the Torkham bor­der.

The group has not yet com­mented on the devel­op­ment.

Tal­iban faced a se­ri­ous rift af­ter the death of Hakimul­lah and some Tal­iban sources had ear­lier said nearly 200 had been killed in clashes be­tween the sup­port­ers of ri­val com­man­ders She­har­yar Mehsud and Khan Said alias Sa­jna.

Hakimul­lah, who was in his thir­ties, had been killed in a US drone strike in North Waziris­tan Agency in Novem­ber 2013. He was buried at an un­known lo­ca­tion a day later.

He had suc­ceeded his men­tor, Bait­ul­lah Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone strike in Au­gust 2009. Hakimul­lah Mehsud, the young, fe­ro­cious and venge­ful chief of TTP had sur­vived at least two US drone strikes be­fore on Novem­ber 1, 2013, his luck ran out.

Last month, six TTP sus­pects, in­clud­ing a deputy com­man­der, were held by in­tel­li­gence agen­cies from Karachi’s Sohrab Goth area.—INP

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