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Pak Taliban says slain chief was target of govt sorcery

world Updated: Nov 10, 2013 22:13 IST
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed that the Pakistani government resorted to sorcery to cause headache and body pain to its slain chief Hakeemullah Mehsud.

Mehsud had been seeking spiritual treatment from an Arab healer before he was killed in a drone strike on November 1, the militant group said in a statement.

In the last days of his life, Mehsud had received spiritual treatment that improved his health and he was able to step up militant activities, the statement claimed.

“Although he had no symptom of any disease, Hakeemullah’s health had been steadily declining because of the government’s sorcery,” The Dawn quoted the TTP as saying.

The TTP paid tribute to its slain leader for “masterminding a suicide bombing” by a Jordanian fighter at a CIA base in Khost, Afghanistan, in December 2009 and the car bombing attempt at New York’s Times Square by Faisal Shahzad in May 2010.

Other leaders like Waliur Rahman, Saeed Allah, Jalal, Wali Badshah and Mehsud’s uncle Khair Mohammad also lost their lives when his car was hit by three missiles at the entrance to Mehsud’s home, the statement said.