The outfit is
amalgamation of groups fighting against Pakistani
security forces in tribal areas and coalition forces in
Afghanistan, formed under the leadership of Baitullah
Mehsud in 2007. The group has been involved in numerous
high profile terrorism incidents within Pakistan and
outside, including the assassination of former Prime
Minister Benazir Bhutto, attack on Mehran Base Karachi
and attempted bombing of Times Square in New York City.
Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a drone strike on August
05, 2009 and Hakimullah Mehsud became his successor.