TTP’s lucrative Karachi enterprise may shut down after death of Wali-ur-Rehman Mehsud

30 May

MehsudPakistani Taliban’s lucrative enterprise in Karachi will nearly vanish in the days to come after the death of its CFO, Wali-ur-Rehman Mehsud. Mehsud was killed in drone strike Wednesday in the village of Chashmapul, North Waziristan and buried the same evening. He was the man behind growing incidents of bank robberies in Karachi to provide funds for anti-Pakistan terrorist activities and fuel terrorist economy. The death of this Taliban commander would be a major blow to the extremist movement’s operations. He is also believed to be the mastermind of the September 2008 attack on the Marriott Hotel in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, in which more than 50 people were killed. He was also linked to the December 2009 attack on a CIA base in Khost, Afghanistan in which seven CIA employees were killed. He was so important for the Americans that they offered rewards of up to $5 million for information identifying his location.

Wali-ur-Rehman Mehsud raised finances for the TTP through a large and influential gang in the southern Pakistani seaport city of Karachi. The group specialized in carrying out bank robberies and kidnappings for ransom, and the money gained from those activities were used to fund TTP attacks. He was a mature strategist for TTP and was considered to be a skilled negotiator. In the event of negotiations with Pakistani state after the olive branch extended by political leadership thrown up in Pakistan’s recent elections, he was considered to be the chief negotiator. He was a former member of Fazal-ur-Rehman’s party, JUI (F) believed to be mother all militants and could become a bridge between the terrorists and the politicos. The initiation of dialogue has hit snags due to his death. It is generally believed that Americans have killed him to sabotage the intended talks.

There are others who believe that in the event of death of a strategist like Mehsud, the Taliban would be handicapped in continuing the fight and would feel compelled to go for negotiations. His death has really weakened the terrorists due to a potential squeeze on supply of cash if not in their fighting capability.

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