Saturday 19 February 2011

Pak Taliban confirms murder of Colonel Imam

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has confirmed it killed former ISI officer and leading supporter of the Afghan Taliban, Colonel Imam, according to numerous reports now circulating in Pakistan. They say they will release a video of his killing later today. Reports about murder of Imam - real name Sultan Amir Tarar - first surfaced on 23 January, but could not be confirmed. Some reports at the time suggested he had died of a heart attack while in captivity. He had been kidnapped along with another former ISI officer and British journalist Asad Qureshi in North Waziristan last March while attempting to facilitate the making of a documentary on the CIA's drone missile campaign.
Update:  Dawn says it has a copy of the video, which includes a statement from TTP chief Hakimullah Mahsud. However, it has not yet made the content public. The screen-grab below shows Col Imam seated on the ground, with Hakimullah standing behind him. Soon after this moment Hakimullah tells a young masked gunman to shoot Imam, which he does using a pistol.

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