Pakistan Taliban vow to fight on

Pak Taliban is a network of militants that is linked to Afghan Taliban.

Last Updated: May 19, 2011, 00:14 AM IST

Shaktoi: The slaying of Osama
bin Laden has given the Pakistani Taliban "new zeal" to
complete the al Qaeda chief`s mission of waging holy war
against the West, the deputy commander of the militant group
told a news agency.

The comments by Waliur Rehman appeared designed to
deflate expectations that the extraordinary May 2 raid by US
Navy SEALs that killed bin Laden in the Pakistani garrison
town of Abbottabad would slow down insurgent groups allied
with or inspired by al Qaeda. It also could be an attempt to
raise morale among the insurgents.

The Pakistani Taliban is a network of militant groups
that is distinct from but linked to the Afghan Taliban.

The primary target of the Pakistani Taliban has been
the Pakistan state itself, which the militants claim is
essentially a slave to the United States. But the group also
has been linked to plots in the West, including a Pakistani
American`s failed attempt to detonate a car bomb in New York`s
Times Square.

Rehman spoke to thenews agencyon Monday along the border
between North and South Waziristan, two lawless tribal regions
where Islamist militants are strong.

"After the martyrdom of Sheik Osama, the mujahideen
will continue jihad to complete his mission with a new zeal, "
he said, referring to his fighters.

"We have the same target, program and mission," he
added. "Our enemies are NATO, Jews and Christians."

Rehman, dressed in a traditional white Pakistani long
shirt and trousers and carrying an AK-47, spoke of bin Laden
in a composed manner, but also questioned some of the details
that have emerged from the raid.

PTI