DERA ISMAIL KHAN: The Pakistani Taliban today continued holding consultations on the name of new chief to replace Hakimullah Mehsud who was killed in a US drone strike on Friday evening.
According to military sources, Khan Said, known as Sajna, is likely to be named as new chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and a final announcement in this regard is expected soon.
Reliable sources say that new Taliban leader will also be picked from the Mehsud tribe.
Sources claim that although most Taliban commanders have given their consent to name Said as chief of the militant group, different still exist.
Said is believed to a close aide of the slain TTP chief.
Meanwhile, Hakimullah Mehsud was burred at an undisclosed location in Dande Darpakhel in the wee hours of Saturday.
Said is believed to have masterminded an attack on a jail in Bannu that freed nearly 400 prisoners in 2012 and an attack on Kamra air force base in the same year.