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Taliban Rival Shot To Death In Pakistan

From those defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

In this June 7, 2009 file photo, the leader of Taliban faction Qari Zainuddin, second right, accompanied by his bodyguards is seen in his office in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan.

Taliban commander shot dead in northwest Pakistan

By Paul Alexander, Associated Press Writer

ISLAMABAD – A Taliban faction leader who was seen as the chief rival to the militant group’s Pakistani head was fatally shot Tuesday, reportedly by one of his own guards.

The attack on Qari Zainuddin appeared to be a sign that divisions within the Taliban have broken into the open as they come under military assault. The army is clearing out militants from the Swat Valley and has been pounding strongholds of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud in the South Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan in apparent preparation for a major offensive…

Zainuddin was gunned down in the nearby town of Dera Ismail Khan. He had emerged as Mehsud’s chief rival and had criticized the militant leader over attacks that killed civilians.

Dr. Mahmood Khan Bitani told The Associated Press that he pronounced Zainuddin dead on arrival at a local hospital with gunshot wounds to the head and chest.

Baz Mohammad, an aide to the militant leader who also was wounded, said a guard barged into a room at Zainuddin’s compound after morning prayers and opened fire. He accused Mehsud of being behind the attack.

"It was definitely Baitullah’s man who infiltrated our ranks, and he has done his job," Mohammad told AP, vowing to avenge the death.

He later filed a criminal complaint with police, alleging the shooting was carried out at Mehsud’s behest…

Bahawal Khan, the area police official, confirmed the slaying, as did Sher Mohammad, an uncle of Zainuddin. Aides said the guard had gotten closer to Zainuddin about four months ago. He fled after the attack in a waiting car, they said

Zainuddin was estimated to have about 3,000 armed followers in Dera Ismail Khan and nearby Tank. Earlier this month, he denounced Mehsud for recent attacks that have killed civilians — apparently launched in retaliation for the army offensive in the northwestern Swat Valley.

"Whatever Baitullah Mehsud and his associates are doing in the name of Islam is not a jihad, and in fact it is rioting and terrorism," Zainuddin told the AP after a mosque suicide bombing attack, blamed on Mehsud, killed 33 people. "Islam stands for peace, not for terrorism."

Zainuddin’s motive for criticizing Mehsud was not clear, but there was speculation that he was trying to portray himself as a more moderate alternative to the Taliban leader, although there appeared to be little or no differences between the two over fighting U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan…

How kind of the guard to wait until Mr. Zainuddin had finished his morning prayers before gunning him down.

It truly is a beautiful religion.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Taliban Rival Shot To Death In Pakistan”

  1. canary says:

    [From the Associated Press:]

    Taliban commander shot dead in northwest Pakistan

    By Paul Alexander, Associated Press Writer June 23 2009

    ISLAMABAD – A Taliban faction leader who criticized the militant group’s Pakistani head over attacks that killed civilians was fatally shot Tuesday, reportedly by one of his own guards…


    You can’t tell them apart anymore. Now terrorists claiming they are nicer than other terrorists.

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    He who lives by the slob, dies by the slob.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    “Islam stands for peace, not for terrorism.”

    Hmmm…….someone forgot to send the memo to all Dept. heads that day!
    The power monkey raises its’ ugly head. Now we’ll see some fireworks!!

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    Another log for Hell’s fire. And ain’t he a big one?!

  5. proreason says:

    They are Barbarians.

    The situation in the world today is very much parallel to Rome in the 2nd through 5th centuries.

    Madmen are pounding on our gates.

    Meanwhile, Nerobama is playing his facist fiddle and promising everything for nothing so he can live like an emporer.

  6. Enthalpy says:

    I don’t think we can move away from it now. I have one friend from Australia who came here to get away from it because Australia had changed so much since his youth. I had a friend back in the 60s who had come to America from Iran when the Shah was deposed. He believed that America was the “world’s last hope.”

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