Notorious TTP commander Khan Zaman back in Karachi

Khan Zaman

By: Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Khan Zaman aka Gongay, Karachi chief of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s Khan Said Sajna group has arrived in the restive metropolis amid a rigorous pursuit of the militants by law enforcers, it was reliably learnt here on Friday.

The TTP commander had left Karachi after Taliban infighting in the city some while ago. “But now as the city’s militants are fighting a war of their survival amid a successful surgical operation by the law enforcers, especially Rangers, he came back to the city in order to buck up his militants” an intelligence source said.

The TTP commander had been unable to effectively operate his faction from remote, which forced him to turn back to his battle ground, source added.
Intelligence sources had informed this scribe in late January this year of a ‘planning’ being done by Khan Zaman to carry out a guerilla attack on the pattern of ‘Peshawar massacre’ in Karachi.

The TTP commander, instead of using foreign nationals and Pashtun ethnic militants, had dispatched three Baloch and four Punjabis to the city in order to carry out another lethal attack.

“But due to heightened security measures and coordinated efforts of the intelligence and security agencies the terrorists were unsuccessful in their evil designs” security sources opine, who see the arrival of Khan Zaman aka Gongay to the city very important from security point of view.
At least four factions of Taliban – Hakimullah Mehsud, Wali-ur-Rehman, Mohmand and Swat group – are active in the city, however, dozens of their commanders and militants were either killed in police and Rangers encounters or they lost their lives in severe infighting between the TTP groups.
“After tuft war between the Taliban factions the Wali-ur-Rehman group has emerged strong in the city” told a senior police officer.
Though police later took away the credit of killing, insiders in the law enforcement agency tell Khan Zaman had killed Sher Khan Mehsud, an important operational commander of Hakimullah Mehsud faction in Karachi which gave upper hand to the Wali-ur-Rehman group.
Later Khan Said aka Sajna, the successor of Wali-ur-Rehman, further strengthened the group.
However, the ongoing operation has completely broken their backbone and now they are paddled for a last war with hope of survival.
The valiant soldiers and police personnel will not let them successful in the design, a police officer told.

Originally published here

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Author: Naimat

Karachi based journalist, writing on national and international issues.

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