The Islamic State (IS) has confirmed it has nominated former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson Hafiz Saeed Khan as its commander for the region.
Saeed Khan, who left the TTP in 2013, appeared in a video 10 days ago.
However, the news of his appointment as an IS commander was broadcast through an audio message, posted on a Twitter account, apparently run by the militant outfit.
IS commander Abu Muhammad Al-Adni has also confirmed the outfit has appointed its chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Saeed Khan belongs to Orakzai Agency and he has served as head of the TTP Orakzai chapter. However, he had parted ways with the TTP after the killing of the TTP chief Baitullah Mehsud in a drone strike.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 28th, 2015.