Taliban mentor dies in captivity in Pakistan
Sultan Amir Tarar, who was kidnapped last March, has died of a heart attack.
Islamabad: A senior government official says a former Pakistani spy who helped the Taliban rise to power in Afghanistan has died of a heart attack nearly a year after being kidnapped by militants.
Tariq Hayat, the top official in Pakistan`s northwest tribal region where Sultan Amir Tarar was kidnapped last March, said on Monday that authorities haven`t seen the body but have received confirmation of his death.
Hayat says militants are asking for more than USD 200,000 to return Tarar`s body.
Tarar — known as Colonel Imam — worked for Pakistan`s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency and cultivated close ties with the Taliban.
His kidnapping reflects the complexity of Pakistan`s tribal areas, where militants with alleged government ties and those fighting the state often coexist.