NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING
QI.M.286.10. HAKIMULLAH MEHSUD
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 21 October 2010
Hakimullah Mehsud was listed on 21 October 2010 pursuant to paragraph 2 of resolution 1904 (2009) as being associated with Al-Qaida, Usama bin Laden or the Taliban for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf of, or in support of”, “recruiting for”, and “otherwise supporting acts or activities of” Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01), the Taliban and Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) (QE.T.132.11).
Hakimullah Mehsud became the leader of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) (QE.T.132.11) in August 2009. TTP is a militant organization composed of disparate armed groups that have coalesced under one banner and is based in the tribal areas along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. TTP has been implicated in many terrorist attacks in Pakistan and is believed to be closely linked to both the Haqqani Network – an insurgent group on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border which is also allied with the Afghan Taliban – and Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01). TTP also works closely with some elements of the Afghan Taliban.
TTP was originally led by Baitullah Mehsud; Hakimullah Mehsud, Baitullah’s cousin, became TTP’s leader when Baitullah was killed in August 2009. Prior to assuming the role of TTP leader, Hakimullah Mehsud was one of several commanders serving under Baitullah’s leadership. He came to prominence in 2007 after a series of deadly raids against the Pakistani army, and he led Taliban fighters in three of Pakistan’s tribal regions. Baitullah Mehsud consolidated most of Pakistan’s Taliban-affiliated groups under the umbrella of TTP, during which time Hakimullah Mehsud became Baitullah Mehsud’s spokesman and deputy.
Under Mehsud’s leadership, TTP has claimed responsibility for multiple bombings and other attacks in Pakistan that have targeted both civilians and officials and left scores dead. These included a 2009 attack on the Pearl Continental Hotel in Peshawar that killed seven people, including two United Nations personnel, an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar in April 2010 that killed at least six Pakistani nationals and wounded 20 others, and an attempted bombing near Times Square in New York City on 1 May 2010. Also under Mehsud’s leadership, TTP has claimed responsibility for a March 2010 attack on a police building in Lahore that killed 13 and wounded approximately 65 and a suicide attack on a military base in eastern Afghanistan on 30 December 2009. Mehsud has appeared in videos produced by TTP in which he claimed responsibility for these and other attacks.
Mehsud was reportedly born in South Waziristan, Pakistan, and is believed to be residing in Pakistan.
Related listed individuals and entities:
Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01), listed on 6 October 2001
Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) (QE.T.132.11), listed on 29 July 2011
Wali Ur Rehman (QI.U.287.10), listed on 21 October 2010