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Baitullah Mehsud v. Turkistan and Qari Zainuddin

Posted in Domestic Affairs by onpakistan on June 16, 2009

There isn’t much interesting or informative reportage on the militants in Wazistan, but this Dawn article is an exception (also available here). It focuses on the rivalry between Baitullah Mehsud and the upstart Qari Zainuddin. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about the so-called Pakistani Taliban, and the culture of its ascendency in South Waziristan.

Qari Zainuddin, by the way, recently gave an interview to The Sunday Telegraph. Zainuddin essentially said that fighting a Muslim country such as Pakistan is wrong. The Taliban (he considers himself to be one) should instead fight the foreign invaders in Aghanistan. The article’s author also claims that there would be stronger support within Waziristan itself for Zainuddin (and against Mehsud) were it not for the Pakistani government’s tendency to seek accomodation with Mehsud.

If you’d like to know more about Baitullah Mehsud then the wikipedia page is a good starting point – it is exceptionally well referenced. There has been some notice of the rivalry between Zainuddin and Mehsud in the blogosphere. See this and this.

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  1. Pro Pakistan said, on June 17, 2009 at 5:14 am

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  2. […] my earlier post on Zainuddin, see this. Tagged with: Baitullah Mehsud, Taliban leave a comment « Missing Civilian Deaths in […]


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