“Hakimullah Mehsud is alive and he is our chief,” said spokesman Azim Tariq. “All the reports regarding his death are propaganda.”
Tariq said Mehsud remains in hiding because he is being targeted by U.S. drone attacks but “is still in command of the mujahedeen.”
Authorities have been looking into reports that Mehsud died after being wounded last month in a drone attack.
One news report, citing local sources and a correspondent, said he died and was buried. But Pakistani and U.S. officials said they have not been able to confirm Mehsud’s status.