Abdul Wali is the leader of Jamaat ul-Ahrar (JuA), a militant faction affiliated with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). He reportedly operates from Afghanistan’s Nangarhar and Kunar Provinces.
Under Wali’s leadership, JuA has been one of the most operationally active TTP networks in Punjab Province and has claimed multiple suicide bombings and other attacks throughout Pakistan.
In March 2016, JuA conducted a suicide bombing at a public park in Lahore, Pakistan that killed 75 people and injured 340.
In August 2015, JuA claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Punjab that killed Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada and 18 of his supporters.
Wali is also known as Omar Khalid Khorasani. He was born in Mohmand Agency, Pakistan and is believed to be in his late-thirties. He is a former journalist and poet and studied at a number of madrasas in Karachi.