Authorities found the bodies of 15 Pakistani security personnel in the country's northwest tribal region, officials said Thursday. The security officials had been kidnapped two weeks ago in Tank, an area south of Peshawar near the Afghan border, said Ali Sher, a senior security official. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the killings, said Ihsanullah Ihsan, a spokesman for the militant group.
CNN freelance reporter and military expert Wajahat S. Khan said this latest incident shows the Taliban is suffering from schizophrenia:
"This latest round of killings indicates a multiple personality disorder if you will. It shows a diverse factionalism that is developing beneath the wider umbrella of the Taliban movement.
On the one hand we have the peace negotiations between the Afghan Taliban and the US gaining traction fast. On the other hand on the Pakistani side we now have proof that there are certain elements that want to up the ante and are not interested in talking.
All of this is muddled by people like Mullah Muhammad Omar – the so-called Supreme Commander of the Afghan Taliban – who want the Pakistani Taliban to stop fighting the Pakistani government and join with his ranks to fight the US and other coalition forces operating in Afghanistan in a Jihad.
But it seems that after this incident, something now is obvious: the center of gravity of the radical hard core extremist core that aren’t interested in talking seems to have shifted from Afghanistan across the border to Pakistan."