Peshawar: Pakistani Taliban`s key commander
Qari Muhammad Zafar was killed in a recent US drone strike in
North Waziristan tribal region, the militant outfit
acknowledged today and vowed to carry out attacks to avenge
Qari Zafar was among 14 militants killed in a drone
strike at Dargah Mandi near the army camp in Miranshah on
February 24, said a statement issued by the Taliban.
He was buried at a "secret location" after funeral
prayers, it said, adding the Taliban "will soon take revenge
for his killing from the government of Pakistan anywhere in
"The government of Pakistan is responsible for the
killing (of militant commanders) in drone strikes and the
arrest of Afghan Taliban leaders Mullah Baradar, Mullah Kabir,
Mullah Abdul Salam, (Jundullah chief) Abdul Malik Rigi and
Afia Siddiqi, a Pakistani doctor now in the custody of the
US," the statement said.
The US had offered a reward of five million dollars for
Qari Zafar, who was linked to al-Qaeda and Fidayeen-e-Islam
terror group. He was wanted in connection with a March 2006
suicide attack on the US consulate in Karachi that killed an
American diplomat and three Pakistanis.
Qari Zafar alias Qari Abdul Majeed led his own faction of
the Taliban known as the Qari Zafar group.
The Taliban statement said Mufti Abuzar Khanjari had been
appointed the new chief of the Qari Zafar group.