Sheheryar Mehsud is the leader of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) faction The Sheheryar Mehsud group, which was based in Pakistan’s tribal agency of North Waziristan before relocating to Afghanistan following military operations by Pakistan Army. The Sheheryar Mehsud group split from the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) in 2014 due to a leadership dispute with the TTP’s slain emir, Mullah Fazlullah. In the announcement of the split, the group “declared extortion, kidnapping for ransom, and bombing public places as ‘Haram’ (forbidden by Islam),” according to Pakistan Today.
After the death of Hakimullah Mehsud, the Sheheryar group had refused to recognise Asmatullah Shaheen as interim TTP chief and had fought with his supporters in clashes that lasted for months and killed scores including Shaheen himself. The group, after the death of Shaheen, joined hands with Fazlullah who took over the reins of the militant group.
Since leaving TTP ranks, the Sheheryar Mehsud group has claimed several attacks in Pakistan, most of them concentrating in tribal areas along Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The prime target of these attacks have been Pakistani military and other pro-govt forces.
In the past, Sheheryar Mehsud’s group has also collaborated with other TTP factions as well as other militant groups like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi al-Alami to carry out attacks in Pakistan.
In January 2017, over 40 people died in a suicide bombing claimed by LeJ Al-Almi and Sheheryar Mehsud group in a vegetable market in Parachinaar area of Pakistan’s Tribal Kurram Agency.
Currently, Sheheryar Mehsud is believed to be hiding somewhere in Afghanistan, most likely in Kandahar or Nangarhar.