Peshawar: Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud appeared in a video issued by militants today to claim responsibility for killing a former ISI official, kidnapped in the Waziristan tribal region last year.
Militant spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan, in a message sent to PTI, accepted responsibility for the killing of Colonel Imam on behalf of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. He said the militants had released a video that showed the killing and contained a message from Mehsud.
Imam was widely respected by the Afghan Taliban for his role in the Afghan Jihad against Soviet forces during 1979-89. He had described himself as the “teacher” of Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Muhammad Omar in several interviews.
Clips from the video aired on TV news channels showed Mehsud, flanked by two armed men, standing behind Colonel Imam as he sat on the ground.