Taliban release video of killing of Col Imam

Published: February 19, 2011
Col Imam was reportedly killed last month by the Taliban. PHOTO: FILE

Col Imam was reportedly killed last month by the Taliban. PHOTO: FILE

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.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Yasir Naushad
    Feb 19, 2011 - 9:59PM

    I simply want to know that why authorities and especially America still enable to control the supply of latest equipments that has been using by Taliban ?
    How they buy and generate these equipments as they even wandering around. Recommend

  • Nasir Jamal
    Feb 19, 2011 - 11:31PM

    @Yasir Naushad: Very naive of you to ask it. These are the dirty games of world powers. Greenback has a lot of attraction. It can buy almost anything.Recommend

  • Khan
    Feb 20, 2011 - 1:10AM

    This man deserved to reap what he had planted. He (the people sharing his concept of “strategic depth”) deserves more, and its coming!Recommend

  • Amaar
    Feb 20, 2011 - 2:51AM

    Bitten by the snakes he charmed…Recommend

  • lol
    Feb 20, 2011 - 5:22AM

    As you sow shall you reap Recommend

  • village idiot
    Feb 20, 2011 - 6:11AM

    what goes around, comes around.Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Feb 20, 2011 - 7:03AM

    Why General Gul is silent now. Whom he is going to blame, RAW, Mossad or CIA.Recommend

  • Akhtar Miss
    Feb 20, 2011 - 7:38AM

    America has sow,Paskitan is reaping.
    Sowing America, paying people.
    God may show the right path to the American governmentRecommend

  • Moise
    Feb 20, 2011 - 7:49AM

    Now people can understand TTP is not Taliban.Recommend

  • truth seeker
    Feb 20, 2011 - 1:01PM

    did you notice the head appearing(col Imam’s) in the lower part of the screen. The screen is blurred in the lower part. This seems to be a fabricated video.Recommend

  • Mulana Sandwitch
    Feb 20, 2011 - 3:00PM

    The stories you have heard, about Colonel Imam’s exploits in Afghanistan, are not based on facts.These are speculated by a Pakistani journalist,in his book on Taliban,and picked up by Western media, after 9/11. Colonel Imam never denied, because he was credited for something,which he never achieved .When did he get an opportunity to train Mullah Omer,a foot soldier,unknown till November 1994?Omer was in Kandahar,Imam was in Herat.The intelligence agencies did not know even the meanings of the word “Taliban” till December 1994,a month after they had captured Kandahar.Russians left Afghanistan in February 1989,Najib could not be dislodged, till 1992.The infighting continued for the next four years(September 1996).So when and where did this training actually take place?Do you think if he was the Godfather of Taliban and Ustad of Mullah Omer,as he claimed,Hakimullah would killed him?AL Qaeda would have let this happen?Believe me the Journalist’s other books are also based on speculations and half truths.The Quetta Shura is also an imaginary term,never used by Taliban themselves.Recommend

  • Nadeem Zafar
    Feb 21, 2011 - 7:53PM

    Hakeem, you have no idea what you have sown by killing Col Imam. Even the children of your children will regret this cowardly act of yours. If you were son of a real man..you could have offered a fight to the brave soldier instead of killing him like cowards. Shame on you!Recommend

  • Mustafa
    Feb 25, 2011 - 12:56AM
  • Fact finder
    Feb 25, 2011 - 8:47PM

    @Yasir Naushad:
    We need to understand the objective of Afghan war. As war is just instrument of a national policy. Now coming over to objectives of American Compaign is Afghanistan?
    was it to topple the Taliban Regime and leave the country?
    Was it to stay here permanently and maintaing its army for 10 – 12 years through an unsecured access via Pakistan?
    Was it to have a presence in region to contain China , if so then why USA wants to withdraw?
    Was it to destabilize Pakistan?
    Was it to control Pak Nuclear Weapons?
    If we could understand this, Game of Rise and Fall of Taliban, Musharraf take over before on set of USA operations, drone attacks as a need of Pakistan, Raymond Davis and allies activities in Pakistan and his links with TTP. Abondoning the post and liquadating border security by American before Pak Army resume op in South Waziristan Agency to allow miscreants to flee.Recommend

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