Afghan Biographies

Khorasani, Khaled Mufti

Name Khorasani, Khaled Mufti
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth
Function/Grade TTP Leader
History and Biodata

3. Biodata:

Mufti Khalid Khorasani, aka Khalid Balti hailed from Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.  Khurassani received his initial education from his native town. In 2007, he joined the Tehreek Nifaze Shariat Muhammadi in Swat. He also established close terms with the former TTP chief Mullah Fazalullah. He fled to Afghanistan and remained the TTP spokesperson after Pakistan carried out military operations in the erstwhile tribal areas.

Khurassani held “cordial and close relations with all tiers of TTP”, as per sources. He was instrumental in the propaganda campaign of the TTP. After Kabul fell to the Afghan Taliban in August 2021, he frequently used to travel to Kabul.

Khorasani was a Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's (TTP) commander and a spokesperson for the banned outfit.

He had replaced former spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid.

Per sources, he was running a terrorist hub in Miranshah; however, after the Pakistan Army's successful "Zarb-e-Azb" operation, he escaped to Afghanistan.

Sources said that Khorasani was planning attacks against Pakistan along with TTP chief Noor Wali Mehsood.

The Afghan Taliban have confirmed the death of ISKP leader Abu Omar Khorasani not to be confused with the TTP militant Omar Khalid Khorasani in Afghanistan.


The Afghan Taliban announced the death of Khorasani on Saturday, though he was shot dead on August 17 two days after the Taliban took over Kabul. Khorasani, the founding leader of Deash in Khorasan (ISKP), was originally named Maulvi Zia-ul-Haq and was from Kunar province in Afghanistan. Several relatives, including a brother of Abu Omar Khorasani, held important positions in the previous Afghan government. Khorasani had succeeded Sheikh Abdul Haseeb Logari, the second emir of IS-K in April 2017 after he was killed in an attack by the US Special Forces. After the Taliban captured the Afghan capital on August 15, conflicting reports suggested that Khorasani was released along with thousands of other prisoners or had been killed by the Taliban.


Now the Taliban have confirmed that Khorasani had been shot dead indeed. Khorsani’s namesake Omar Khalid Khorasani belong to the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). He was born in Mohmand in the erstwhile FATA.


Last Modified 2022-01-12
Established 2022-01-12