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U.S. drone strike allegedly kills al-Qaida India leader

U.S. drone strike allegedly kills al-Qaida India leader

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Oct. 12 (UPI) --A commander in the Pakistani Taliban and the senior figure of al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent were allegedly killed in two recent drone strikes.
Fred Lambert
Taliban split over war with Pakistan

Taliban split over war with Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Sept. 7 (UPI) --Following months of disagreement, several Taliban commanders have split away and formed their own group in the wake of a Pakistani Army offensive.
Fred Lambert
Taliban claim responsibility for Karachi airport attack

Taliban claim responsibility for Karachi airport attack

KARACHI, Pakistan, June 9 (UPI) --The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the Karachi airport attack that left 28 people dead.
Danielle Haynes
Rift within Pakistani Taliban prompts factions to splinter

Rift within Pakistani Taliban prompts factions to splinter

ISLAMABAD, May 29 (UPI) --The Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), announced Wednesday at a rare news conference it would split into two separate groups.
JC Finley

Suicide bomber kills 2 security guards near Iranian consulate

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Two Pakistani security guards died in a suicide bomb attack near the Iranian consulate in Peshawar but no consular personnel were injured, authorities said.

Pakistan, Taliban negotiators meet for peace talks

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Pakistani government and Taliban negotiators held their first peace talks Thursday, promising to keep the process moving despite the ongoing insurgency.

Pakistan peace talks with Taliban delayed

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Pakistan's government and the Taliban seemed ready to start their peace talks Wednesday after failing to do so the previous day over procedural questions.

Pakistani PM optimistic about peace talks with the Taliban

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has offered to hold peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban, said he will personally supervise the dialogue.

Reports: Pakistani Taliban name Imran Kahn on team for peace talks

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan says the Pakistani Taliban should pick their own representatives for the peace talks with the government.

Pakistani PM says talks with Taliban will be pursued

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said his government, keen to give peace another chance, will pursue talks with the Taliban despite its wave of violence.

Attack on convoy was revenge for Taliban leader killings

BANNU, Pakistan, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The Pakistani Taliban on Sunday said an attack on a convoy that left 22 soldiers dead was revenge for the killing of Taliban leaders after peace talks.

Social media offer Pakistani young a new forum for debate

KARACHI, Pakistan, Jan. 13 (UPI Next) --Pakistani youth comment via social media on issues ranging from the killing of Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud to support for Imran Khan's PTI party.
Filza Khurram
U.S. drone strikes put Pakistan-Taliban talks at risk

U.S. drone strikes put Pakistan-Taliban talks at risk

Dec. 3, LAHORE, Pakistan (UPI Next)Last month’s killing of TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud by a U.S. drone strike, and ongoing drone strikes in Pakistan put prospective Pakistani peace talks with the Taliban group at risk.
Sumeera Riaz

Pakistanis fear cut in U.S.-funded radio could aid militants

Dec. 2, FATA, Pakistan (UPI NEXT) -- The closure last May of three U.S.-funded community radio stations in Pakistan's militancy-hit tribal areas may strengthen militants' voices, residents fear.
Inam Ullah Khan
Sit-ins staged along NATO supply roads in Pakistan

Sit-ins staged along NATO supply roads in Pakistan

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Members of a Pakistani political party said they staged sit-in protests Sunday along roads used to haul NATO supplies into Afghanistan.
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Hakimullah (Hakim Ullah, Hakeemullah) Mehsud (Pashto/Urdu: حکیم‌الله محسود), born c. 1979 as Jamshed Mehsud (Pashto/Urdu: جمشید محسود) and also known as Zulfiqar Mehsud (Pashto/Urdu: ذو الفقار محسود‎), is the amir of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). He was deputy to commander Baitullah Mehsud and one of the leaders of the militant group Fedayeen al-Islam prior to the elder Mehsud's death in a CIA drone missile strike. He had been the TTP's commander in the Khyber, Kurram and Orakzai agencies of Pakistan. He is described as being in his late 20s and a cousin of Qari Hussain. He is known to be a young and aggressive field commander, who previously served as a driver and was very close to Baitullah Mehsud. Reports initially indicated he was fatally wounded on January 14, 2010 by a U.S. drone attack although a video released on May 3, 2010 by the TTP proved that he survived the attack.

Hakimullah was born Jamshed Mehsud in the region of Kotkai near the town of Jandola in South Waziristan. His only schooling was at a small village madrassa in Hangu District. One of the other students at the time was Baitullah Mehsud, but he dropped out.

Jamshed Mehsud joined his clansman Baitullah in jihad, initially as his bodyguard and aide. He adopted the nom de guerre Zulfiqar, then later took the name Hakimullah, meaning one who has knowledge. He gained a reputation within the Taliban for his battle skills with the AK-47 and the Toyota pickup truck. One Taliban member told a BBC correspondent that at the time Hakimullah's reputed skills were second only to Nek Mohammad.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Hakimullah Mehsud."
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