Former militant, relative of TTP commander shot dead in Peshawar


PESHAWAR: A former militant and close relative of banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) top commander was shot dead by unknown persons in Raghzai area of Tehsil Makin South Waziristan on Friday.

Concerned officials in Wana, headquarter of South Waziristan confirmed the target killing of Bakhatawar, alias Achanak in his village in Raghzai, adjacent to the Shawal mountainous region connecting both North and South Waziristan with the Pak-Afghan border.

Bakhtawar is stated to be a close relative of banned TTP top commander Said Khan Sajna who was considered to be a confidential aide of Hakim Ullah Mehsud.

Bakhtawar was surrendered to the government through a traditional jirga a couple of months back.

So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the killing. Tribesmen from adjacent North Waziristan remain on a sit-in protest against frequent target killings in Mirali and Miranshah, however, the protesters were forced to disperse on Thursday after a crackdown by security forces.