Senior Afghan Taliban leader killed in Quetta, buried in Afghanistan

Published: December 27, 2013

According to Taliban sources Hotak was attacked near Nawey Adda area of Quetta unidentified gunmen on Thursday afternoon. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

ISLAMABAD: A senior Afghan Taliban commander, Noorullah Hotak, who was shot dead in Quetta by unidentified gunmen on Thursday, was buried in Afghanistan on Friday.

According to Taliban sources Hotak was attacked near Nawey Adda area of Quetta unidentified gunmen on Thursday afternoon.

Hotak’s body was shifted to Afghanistan for burial, a Taliban commander informed The Express Tribune.

Hotak was reportedly a senior commander under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, the Taliban have blamed Afghan intelligence for assassination.

“We are sure that it was the handiwork of the Afghan government and its intelligence agents who have carried out such attacks also in the past,” said a Taliban leader requesting anonymity as he was not allowed to speak to the media.

Afghan elders in Zabul province also confirmed the assassination of the Taliban leader. They said his body had been shifted to Zabul on Thursday and was buried on Friday.

Afghan security officials had claimed that Hotak was an active Taliban commander.

Afghan officials claimed that Hotak was member of Quetta ‘Shura’ however Taliban leaders rejected the notion.

This is third high profile assassination of Afghan Taliban leader in last two months.

Earlier, senior Haqqani Network leader Dr Nasiruddin Haqqani was shot dead near Islamabad on November 10, 2013.

On November 21, Maulvi Ahmad Jan of the Haqqani Network was killed in a US Drone strike in Hangu.

Reader Comments (11)

  • Last Word
    Dec 27, 2013 - 9:49PM

    It so appears that Pakistan military has abandoned its strategic depth policy as its assets are being eliminated systematically.

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  • Raj - USA
    Dec 27, 2013 - 9:49PM

    I am amazed at the efficiency of the Afghan Secret Service and its army. A country that did not have a structured army or secret service till recently has made great strides.

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  • Dec 27, 2013 - 9:52PM

    This Afghan intelligence is more effective than dronesRecommend

  • jg
    Dec 27, 2013 - 10:19PM

    @Last Word:
    strategic depth. what is the meaning of this absurd notion, will you please elaborate before i respond further

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  • Guru
    Dec 27, 2013 - 10:23PM

    Afghanistan army is much ahead than pakistan army in intelligence gathering and power projection.

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  • Dr Zahid Khan
    Dec 27, 2013 - 11:09PM

    I love you Afghan army and NDS. Keep up the good work and eliminate these pakistani proxies and afghan traitors.

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  • objective observer
    Dec 28, 2013 - 12:56AM

    Live by the gun, die by the gun. No terrorist is safe any longer in Pakistan.

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  • Umer
    Dec 28, 2013 - 5:12AM

    According to Taliban sources Hotak was attacked near Nawey Adda area of Quetta unidentified gunmen on Thursday afternoon.

    What was he doing in Quetta? Who gave him visa? Why no questions are being raised by the security agencies who have practically held Quetta city hostage?

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  • Last Word
    Dec 28, 2013 - 9:42AM

    Afghan intelligence agencies operating in Pakistan and up to Islamabad is an improbable presumption. The most likely scenario is that the Afghan Taliban stationed in Pakistan who fail to cooperate with the Pak intelligence agencies are the one eliminated.

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  • Dec 30, 2013 - 9:20PM

    @Umer:
    He came there on the invitation of ISI to foment more trouble in Afghanistan. JUD Hafiz Saeed was supposed to meet him but meanwhile somebody had passed on the information to Afghan intelligence.

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  • Proletarian
    Jan 1, 2014 - 9:50AM

    Long live the NDS. They have done Pakistan a great service today.

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