The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Saturday released a video allegedly showing the killing of former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) officer Colonel Imam.
Sultan Amir Tarar, better known as Col Imam, was reportedly killed last month by the Taliban.
The video footage released today shows Colonel Imam on the ground with three Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) members, including the group’s chief Hakimullah Mehsud, standing behind him.
Earlier, TTP spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan was quoted as saying that a video showing Col Imam would be released later in the day.
“The video will show Taliban fighters firing at Colonel Imam… Colonel Imam is no more in this world,” Ahsan said.
A little-known militant faction called the Asian Tigers in North Waziristan had earlier claimed they had killed the former ISI official but conflicting reports this week said that he may still be alive and in captivity.
The abductors had reportedly demanded Rs50 million and the release of some jailed militants for Colonel Imam’s freedom.
Col Imam was widely respected by the Afghan Taliban for his role in the Afghan Jihad against Soviet forces during the 1979-89 war.
He described himself as the “teacher” of Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Omar in several interviews.
He also served as Pakistan’s consul general in the western Afghan city of Herat after the installation of a Taliban government in Kabul.