Terror market: ‘TTP sold suicide bomber to Afghan militants’

Published: July 4, 2011
Sher Hassan was sent by the Haqqani network, says NDS. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Sher Hassan was sent by the Haqqani network, says NDS. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE


Afghanistan’s intelligence agency said on Sunday that a senior commander from the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) sold a suicide bomber to an Afghan militant network to attack a local commander in eastern Afghanistan.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s official intelligence agency, said the bomber was a Pakistani national and was detained by NDS agents in Jaji Maidan district of Afghanistan’s eastern Paktia province before he could carry out his mission.

Sher Hassan was sent by the Haqqani network, considered one of the most dangerous insurgent groups fighting in Afghanistan, but had not signed up to join them, the NDS said in a statement. Instead, he said he was bought by the group to target “Azizullah”, a commander whose affiliation and rank were not given by the NDS. Hassan then spent  a month after he was sold, training with the Haqqani network.

“The detained man added that a commander under TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud sells suicide bombers at Rs6 million to Rs8 million to the Haqqani network for suicide missions,” the statement said. But it did not say what price Hassan had fetched nor how he had been detained.

The Haqqani network, led by Jalaluddin Haqqani, is allied with the Taliban but also believed to be closely linked to al Qaeda and the architect of several high-profile attacks in Afghanistan.

Effective daily management of the group has passed from Jalaluddin Haqqani, who forged his reputation fighting the Soviet occupation of the 1980s but is now thought to be ill, to his eldest son Sirajuddin.

Hassan’s detention comes days after a group of
suicide bombers staged a brazen attack on a landmark hotel in Kabul that killed at least 10 people.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 4th, 2011.

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  • Cautious
    Jul 3, 2011 - 11:51PM

    I suppose this was one of those times when it wasn’t too hard to figure out whether sale vs lease made sense. First suicide bomber schools – now suicide bombers for sale – I suppose this is what passes for business opportunities in the tribal territories these days. The World is still waiting for Pakistan to get off it’s duff and eliminate these international terrorist.Recommend

  • ABC
    Jul 4, 2011 - 12:12AM

    What’s ISI’s commission in these deals?Recommend

  • Arslan
    Jul 4, 2011 - 2:09AM

    So, in order to pressurize Pakistan to commit suicide, our gentle neighbours (no, the others) will link Afghan Taliban and the 2006-born Pakistani Taliban or more precisely TTP, which has been ‘disowned’ by Mullah Omer itself, and say ‘you see, they’re the same; so send your soldiers against the Haqqani network, and say goodbye to your existence as State’.
    Some nasty trick going on.Recommend

  • Akthar
    Jul 4, 2011 - 3:52AM

    Like our Army & airbases are up for sale, rent & lease to US, saudi, bahrain, jordan etc, TTP’s bombers are also up for sale. What’s new?Recommend

  • Maria
    Jul 4, 2011 - 4:04AM

    The Afghan spy agency is about as credible as the Afghan government. They like to paint their own problems on foreigners so why don’t they just help Pakistan build a big wall to seal the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. They won’t because they know the truth that most criminals and terrorists are from Afghanistan. Why don’t they tell us about how the Governor of Kabul Bank absconded to the West after over 850 millions US dollars was misappropriated by corrupt Afghan government officials?Recommend

  • Amir
    Jul 4, 2011 - 4:06AM

    Whats the point of complaing !!!

    It’s obvious to all that TTP is neither friendly to Pakistan or Afghanistan. But this time ANA angered because their assets (TTP) inside Pakistan has turned against them.Recommend

  • Sameer
    Jul 4, 2011 - 4:18AM

    And yet we wonder why Afghanistan doesn’t like Pakistan? The ISI created the Haqqani network and refuses to destroy them. The lack of English understanding and general lack of logic has led to the problem of “strategic liabilities” being thought of as “strategic assets” .Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jul 4, 2011 - 7:40AM

    These are good Taliban and our strategic assets; I wonder how bad the bad Taliban and their sympathizers are? Recommend

  • Ali
    Jul 4, 2011 - 7:47AM

    more like RAW bought themRecommend

  • Mirza
    Jul 4, 2011 - 8:41AM

    Pakistani exports are on the rise, in addition to heroine and other narcotics. It must be remembered it is all US fault, we do not grow or trade in such haraam stuff. They have made us do it. As usual not our fault. Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jul 4, 2011 - 8:58AM

    Selling Suicide Bombers? — so much for all that “freedom fighter” nonsense.Recommend

  • Frank
    Jul 4, 2011 - 10:04AM

    Mirza, the ‘bad Taliban are the ones the Americans are cozying up to, even as you frantically hammer away at your keyboard.Recommend

  • ABC
    Jul 4, 2011 - 10:05AM

    In Pakistan everything is saleable including Pakistan!Recommend

  • m Hussein
    Jul 4, 2011 - 10:11AM

    Neither RAW nor CIA did this. This is our own fault and if your small brain can get out if the conspiracy theories you will see the truthRecommend

  • vasan
    Jul 4, 2011 - 10:29AM

    Pakistanis are true followers of Islam and Quaran and hence are true muslims. True muslims cannot do this neither buying nor selling. TTP is an agent/creation of RAW/CIA/MOSSAD. The buyers are stooges of India in Afganistan. Okay, Pakistani bloggers, I would like to read anything other than the aboveRecommend

  • Aggro
    Jul 4, 2011 - 10:53AM

    Good to see that the Afpak Free-Trade Zone is booming !! Recommend

  • dextor
    Jul 4, 2011 - 11:00AM

    Thankyou NDS…Pakistan is having thousand of insurgents exported by you…what about them…Recommend

  • wasim younis
    Jul 4, 2011 - 11:15AM

    This news report is indicating that the Tehrik-e-Taliban as a strong hold in our region and are dominating the Taliban’s. The Pakistani army and Pakistani government should clean this mess as soon as possible. Our tribal belt should be secured so that the whole area is secured from these militants. Recommend

  • Get your history right
    Jul 4, 2011 - 11:56AM

    The artificial Tehrik-i-Taliban was only born in 2006. The actual Taliban in Afghanistan have a history stretching since decades. Even the Afghan Taliban, as a matter of fact, have disowned the TTP. Linking the two is akin to making a joke.Recommend

  • freehussaini
    Jul 4, 2011 - 12:14PM



  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Jul 4, 2011 - 12:32PM

    I remember once a Senator from FATA and some adjoining areas openly said (in a talk show) that in his area people normally now are moving around with 2-4 wives with 12-15 kids or more who are in need for financial help from the government. They are the one who are indulged in this sale due to “Extra Baggage”. It has now become a lucrative business for heartless people.Recommend

  • Usman
    Jul 4, 2011 - 1:10PM

    US created millitants in Pakistan now fire coming to them…??Recommend

  • irshad
    Jul 4, 2011 - 1:24PM

    look at the title, lol,, jalney waley ka mu kala. Pakistan ZindabadRecommend

  • Tony Singh
    Jul 4, 2011 - 2:41PM

    To ET Editors : its strictly a business deal. Should you not put this under your ” business” head?Recommend

  • BruteForce
    Jul 4, 2011 - 3:27PM

    So the right-wing perception is TTP is evil, Afghan Taliban good. TTP is either RAW/CIA/Mossad supported depending on the person you talk to. Afghan Taliban are ‘Freedom Fighters’, who fight for the Independence of Afghanistan! The brave Mujahideens who fought the Americans.

    So, what ever report that challenges this is labelled false.

    There are many holes in this theory.

    1) The Army supported TTP before 2008 and the present Chief of ISI called Baitullah Mehsud a Pakistani Patriot in a German Media outlet- Ger Spiegel. So, he was supported by the ISI before he fell foul.
    2) Baitullah Mehsud had threatened to attack India, in case India launches an attack in the wake of Mumbai attacks. So, he is not exactly a RAW supported individual.
    3) Baitullah Mehsud and as recently as, Ilyas Kashmiri were killed by CIA operated Drones! So, CIA is not supporting him either.

    If there is anyone to blame here it is the ISI for gross negligence and endangering the whole Country by playing footsie with the Terrorists(Remember Mullah Fazlullah?)

    The people are gullible and ISI is experienced in handling the media(especially the Urdu one) to its advantage. As a result, anarchy!Recommend

  • mind control
    Jul 4, 2011 - 5:28PM


    A. They like to paint their own problems on foreigners

    Does that include CIA/RAW/MOSSAD combine?

    B.so why don’t they just help Pakistan build a big wall to seal the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. They won’t because they know the truth that most criminals and terrorists are from Afghanistan.

    Who exactly is looking for protection here, the alleged criminal or the self proclaimed victim?

    C.Why don’t they tell us about how the Governor of Kabul Bank absconded to the West after over 850 millions US dollars was misappropriated by corrupt Afghan government officials?

    Since you are so keen on bank scams, do look up Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) also known as Bank of Crooks and Criminals International. I am sure you will like what you find.Recommend

  • ohh
    Jul 4, 2011 - 5:32PM

    hope for pakistan’s economyRecommend

  • shahzad
    Jul 4, 2011 - 7:55PM

    its all just funny to know Afghan intelligence is very gud man :) they capture a suiside bomber lolz.. Recommend

  • Shahid
    Jul 4, 2011 - 8:42PM

    So what ? … many girls are traded similarly to many countries in the name of ‘Freedom of Sex’ then what is the problem in trading bombers in the name of ‘Freedom Fighting’ … Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jul 4, 2011 - 10:39PM

    @Tony Singh:
    You guys are too funny! This news should definitely be in ET’s business section. Also there should be an interesting headline for this unique business idea, may be with an IPO for tax-free money with rewards for jihad to go along? Good returns here and even better returns after life!

  • observer
    Jul 5, 2011 - 9:17AM

    Who is entitled to the 72 virgins here. The Seller, The Buyer or the One Exploding?

    Any expert opinion?Recommend

  • Imran
    Jul 5, 2011 - 12:06PM

    The ‘Exploding’ of-course …Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jul 5, 2011 - 12:11PM

    It is easy, they would be equally divided among the three or a couple of dozen each! Still not bad after the division!

    Jul 5, 2011 - 12:51PM

    Suicide Bomber Mujahid should be listed in Pakistan Stock Exchange under the name SBM(TTP) Private Limited. The stock will soar in no time because of their high demand in Middle East countries especially Iraq, libiya including Afghanistan and Pakistan.Recommend

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