Hakimullah Mehsud lived in a $120,000 farmhouse

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With marble floors, lush green lawns and a towering minaret, the $120,000 farm where the feared Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud died in a US drone strike was no grubby mountain cave.
Mehsud spent his days skipping around Pakistan’s rugged tribal areas to avoid the attention of US drones, but his family, including two wives, had used an eight-roomed farmhouse set amid lawns and orchards growing apples, oranges, grapes and pomegranates.
As well as the single-storey house, the compound in Dandey Darpakhel village, five kilometres north of Miranshah, is adorned with a tall minaret – purely for decorative purposes.
Sources say the property in North Waziristan was bought for $120,000 (13 million Rs) for Mehsud nearly a year ago – a huge sum considering the location- by his close aide Latif Mehsud, who was captured by the US in Afghanistan last month.
A journalist happened to visit the property several times when the previous owner, a wealthy landlord, lived there.
With the Pakistan Army headquarters for restive North Waziristan just a kilometre away, the locals thought of Mehsud’s compound as the “safest” place in a dangerous area.
Its proximity to a major military base recalls the hideout of Osama bin Laden in a town of Abbottabad, on the doorstep of the elite Pakistan Military Academy.
“I saw a convoy of vehicles several times in this street but never thought Hakimullah would have been living here. It was the safest place for us before this strike,” local shopkeeper Akhter Khan said.
This illusion of safety was shattered on Friday when a US drone fired at least two missiles at Mehsud’s vehicle as it waited at the compound gate waiting to enter, killing the Pakistani Taliban chief and four cadres.
The area around Dandey Darpakhel is known as a hub of the Haqqani network, a militant faction blamed for some of the most high-profile attacks in Afghanistan in recent years.
Many left the area during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan, coming back after the US-led invasion following the 9/11 attacks.
Samiullah Wazir, a shopkeeper in the area, told he would regularly see a convoy of four to five SUVs with blacked-out windows leave the compound early in the morning and return after sunset.
“We thought that somebody very important must be living in this house,” Wazir said. “One day, I saw a man wearing a white shawl entering the house and I thought he looked like Hakimullah, but I thought how could he live there when he could easily be hit by a drone strike?”
But Hakimullah it was and on Friday he had returned to his compound for the final time.
“We were closing our shop when his vehicle came and was about to enter the house when a missile struck it,” Wazir said.

6 COMMENTS

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  2. This property must have been purchased by his "Mentors" or handlers. who also eliminated him when found surplus.

  3. like OBL H.M. was also living under the nose of army..the govt and army own to the nation to come clean and put end to the foolishness of policy of strategic dept and proxy war ,and making OBL and H.M. as national hero

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      'One' you can call coincidence …
      'Two' is too much …
      'Three' would be like nothing left to come clean …
      .

  4. Most of our Generals and Politicians of all hues will beat HM hollow in this game. Any wonder why Pakistan is an International Migraine? We have no one but Jinnah to blame, but we will continue to see him on our currency notes for some more time the demise of his dream.

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