Pakistan

Who is TTP commander Umar Mansour?

PESHAWAR: Taliban hardline commander Umar Mansour, who claimed barbaric attack on Bacha Kha University in Charsadda, is said to be a TTP’s de-facto head of Khyber Pakhtonkhwa chapter.

Mansour told a foreign wire service that his fighters carried out the attack on Charsadda university in retaliation against military offensive.

“Our four suicide attackers carried out the attack on Bacha Khan University today,” Umar Mansoor, a commander in the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistani (TTP) militant group told AFP.

The most hated man in Pakistan is a 36-year-old father of three and volleyball enthusiast nicknamed is “nary,” a word in the Pashto language meaning “slim”.

According to Reuters, his real name is Umar Mansoor and the Pakistani Taliban say he masterminded of massacre of 132 children and nine staff at Army Public School on December 16, 2014 – the deadliest militant attack in Pakistan’s history.

“If our women and children die as martyrs, your children will not escape,” he said. “We will fight against you in such a style that you attack us and we will take revenge on innocents.”

Mansoor got a high school education in the capital, Islamabad, two Taliban members said, and later studied in a madrassa, a religious school.

Mansoor has two brothers and spent some time working in the city of Karachi as a laborer before joining the Taliban soon after it was formed, in late 2007, said one commander.

His nickname is “nary,” a word in the Pashto language meaning “slim”, and he is the father of two daughters and a son, reported Reuters citing another commander.

“(Mansoor) likes to play volleyball,” said one of the Taliban members. “He is a good volleyball player. Wherever he shifts his office, he puts a volleyball net up.”

“Umar Mansoor had a tough mind from a very young age, he was always in fights with other boys,” said one Taliban member.

The Taliban video describes him as the “amir”, or leader, of Peshawar and nearby Darra Adam Khel. Mansoor deeply opposes talks with the government, the commanders said.

“He was very strict from the start when he joined,” a commander said. “He left many commanders behind if they had a soft corner (of their heart) for the government.”

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