Khan Syed Mehsud: New TTP chief 'mastermind' behind major terrorist plots

Published: November 2, 2013
Khan Syed Mehsud, alias Sajna. PHOTO COURTESY: RADIO MASHAAL

Khan Syed Mehsud, alias Sajna. PHOTO COURTESY: RADIO MASHAAL

Khan Syed Mehsud, alias Sajna, replaced Hakimullah Mehsud as the chief of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Saturday.

Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a drone strike on November 1 in North Waziristan Agency.

Earlier, Sajna had replaced Waliur Rehman Mehsud as TTP’s second-in-command after he was killed by a drone strike in North Waziristan on May 29, 2013.

Khan Syed, 37, who has not received modern or religious education, is revered in the TTP because of his bravery in the battlefield. He was a close associate of Baitullah Mehsud.

He was born in Zangara in Sararogh, a sub-division of South Waziristan, and belongs to Shabi Khel, a sub-tribe of Mehsud. The founder of TTP, Baitullah Mehsud had also belonged to the same tribe.

Sajna was a close friend of Hakimullah. He is said to have been a key figure behind many deadly attacks that took place across the tribal belt of Pakistan. He was one of the masterminds behind the assault on the PNS Mehran base and the prison break in Bannu, in which nearly 400 inmates were freed, last year.

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  • Ahmed
    Nov 2, 2013 - 2:54PM

    news reports say TTP New Chief Khan Syed is a romanic personRecommend

  • Zayyad
    Nov 2, 2013 - 3:03PM

    So this guy has absolutely no education-even by the tribal area standards.


  • murali
    Nov 2, 2013 - 3:06PM

    another head. will he be another drone target?


  • AR
    Nov 2, 2013 - 3:09PM

    ‘Bravery in battle’? Whatever happened to trying not to glorify these terrorists?


  • The One You Misunderstood
    Nov 2, 2013 - 3:09PM

    Bravery??? are you sure???? i mean is this the rite word?


  • Fayez
    Nov 2, 2013 - 3:11PM

    bravery is forgiving your enemy


  • Last Word
    Nov 2, 2013 - 3:23PM

    If he is really brave and a true jihadi, he will not allow killing of unarmed people including women and children otherwise they all deserved to be droned.


  • Imran
    Nov 2, 2013 - 3:35PM

    i wish we can join india and get rid of these jihadis.
    imran from azad ksahmir


  • Afaaq
    Nov 2, 2013 - 4:10PM

    The title and article makes these people look out as heroes. Sad state of Pakistani journalism.


  • Randomstranger
    Nov 2, 2013 - 4:23PM

    @Imran from Azad Kashmir: May I ask which city or town of Azad Kashmir you belong to? And also what your tribe/caste is? Because I have a feeling that you might be some “Rakesh” from Chennai originally than Imran from AJK.


  • Tahir khan
    Nov 2, 2013 - 4:26PM

    Bravery? ET are you serious ? Slaughtering innocent Pakistanis is a bravery in battlefield?


  • Faisal
    Nov 2, 2013 - 4:28PM

    Drones may keep killing but terrorism will keep growing. I never supported IK on that but yesterday…. Those of us who think that this drone monster would stop here, we are just fooling ourselves. I am thinking of terrible times to come where you may get killed even by speaking against uncle sam.


  • Rizwan
    Nov 2, 2013 - 4:28PM

    For God’s sake, don’t glorify these anti state ememies of Islam as ‘brave’. Those who kill innocent children and people by planting bombs in markets are not brave. They are cowards. If they want to be brave, they should go and fight americans, rather than killing innocent people who cannot defend themselves. They are agents of the enemy who are fighting state of Pakistan to weaken it, and follwing agenda of anti-Pakistan elements. The whole nation should be united against them, and Pak army should inflict a final blow on them to finish them off.


  • hammad
    Nov 2, 2013 - 4:46PM

    I love ET news even thought sometimes, they tend to be anti-Pakistan, hay we live in democracy and i get that.. but what bugs me today is the title of this article, “bravery in battle”, seriously!!!!!!!! guys, these monsters have killed thousands of Pakistani brave soldiers, have some decency for crying out loud…


  • Zif
    Nov 2, 2013 - 4:49PM

    Bang!! Right, marked for the next drone strike. Whose next?


  • Bilal
    Nov 2, 2013 - 4:50PM

    Another Indian faking to be a Pakistani.


  • Malik
    Nov 2, 2013 - 5:05PM

    This must be a great sigh of relief for Imran Khan and his PTI gang.Recommend

  • Saleem
    Nov 2, 2013 - 5:07PM

    The US of A has just dispatched a hellfire missile with this terrorists name on it. Who is next!


  • Ahsan
    Nov 2, 2013 - 5:15PM

    All i want is a drone for my sajna!Recommend

  • waseem
    Nov 2, 2013 - 5:18PM

    khan syed mehsud: i proud of u man. u r so brave and masterminds person keep it up
    destroy the enemy of our country.i salut on your progressRecommend

  • ahmer
    Nov 2, 2013 - 5:28PM

    usa pls drone him today ao the
    next one will b scared to be chiefRecommend

  • ModiFied
    Nov 2, 2013 - 5:33PM

    TTP appoints the chief within 24 hours and Mian Sahab is still not sure about his next army chief. Recommend

  • Waseem
    Nov 2, 2013 - 5:34PM

    Another drone, ASAP, is welcome.Recommend

  • Shahzad
    Nov 2, 2013 - 5:50PM

    PTI North Waziristan says sho oar voting rigged and challenge Sagna election 1) they want biometric system of electrol body 2) do not thing Sagna graduate per HECRecommend

  • shahrukhkhan
    Nov 2, 2013 - 5:55PM

    Foreign new agency has confirmed that TTP chief Khan Syed Mehsud killed in US drone attack. (Nov 01, 2015). Recommend

  • junaid
    Nov 2, 2013 - 6:42PM

    Atleast have the guts to display your real name,if had to.this is how india operates,behind your back.


  • Blithe
    Nov 2, 2013 - 6:51PM

    Mehran base attack?

    Where they destroyed spy planes used exclusively for Eastern boarder?

    This guy has to be an Indian agent!!!!


  • Shahzad
    Nov 2, 2013 - 7:09PM

    Imran from Azad Kashmir: No Kashmiri would ever want to go with India, never in their life times. You surely are one good example of species found in our neighbourhood known for ‘bagal mein churi moun par ram ram”.


  • Zia
    Nov 2, 2013 - 7:13PM

    He will also be droned for sure once he outlives his shelf life or usefulness. Dirty games being played by all like US/Afghanistan/Pakistan/India/UK etc. and the poor victim is a Pakistani who happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

    But like all pestilences this will also pass. Look at Vietnam which 40 years ago was suffering big time but now on its way to becoming a prosperous middle income country.


  • syed baqar ahsan
    Nov 2, 2013 - 7:18PM

    Oh come on ! he can’t be syed and syed do not kill any innocent in war.


  • C. Nandkishore
    Nov 2, 2013 - 8:21PM

    Come on Mr. Random Stranger. Actually Imran may not be the Stranger from Chennai but Randomly from Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta or Kabul. And when he said “we” he meant the whole of Pakistan together with the strategic depth and not just POK. Also he was afraid the drones might take him, so he wrote India instead of USA.


  • Shan
    Nov 2, 2013 - 9:46PM

    @Shahzad: We are happy that we are living in Indian kashmir.If it ever in pakistan then our people get killed long before or become like another terrorist.We are sympathetic for those living across border.


  • lkhan
    Nov 2, 2013 - 11:45PM

    @Ahmed: have you not read he has masterminded deadly attacks, killings of innocents, releasing prisoners from jails and is considered brave in battle? Such is more about being ruthless and God-less than romantic I assure you.Recommend

  • Zeeshan
    Nov 2, 2013 - 11:55PM

    Pakistani Govt. was on board over TTP Chief?

    Then Who is enemy of Pakistan?Recommend

  • Khurram
    Nov 3, 2013 - 12:21AM

    Sajna is a filmy name….he should join Lollywood instead of TTP….


  • Shakil Khan
    Nov 3, 2013 - 7:41AM

    By now these TTP goons must have understand that masters will use them as long as they tow their line, accept orders, attack innocent people, and get paid for it! They will also provide you protection from drones and safe havens, but if you deviate from masters wishes you become worthless and will be targeted by very own masters! This is normal story of paid killers!


  • Salah
    Nov 3, 2013 - 9:55AM

    Species living across our eastern borders are mesmerized with mix feelings on the demise of their veteran super-specie in a dron attack. I can see them trolling in few platforms and have feelings that Modhi will be holding candle in his hand while his mentor was being laid to rest.


  • ahmed41
    Nov 3, 2013 - 10:47AM

    @syed baqar ahsan:

    But Sir, once I was slapped in my face by being told : ” In South Asia any one born on a Friday ,is called a “syed” >>>>”


  • Qabil Khan
    Nov 3, 2013 - 1:26PM

    So anyone we find writing comments we disagree with is automatically labelled an Indian? It obviously a sign of limited intelligence. Get a brain!
    Pakistan is my country and I find many things happening these days in it very distasteful. So if I choose to criticise, these people will label me as unpatriotic. Their lack of tolerance and limited ability to comprehend diverse ideas renders them quite Neanderthalic.


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