Taliban advertising

The Taliban murdered a couple for alleged putative who cares anyway ‘adultery’ and somebody took pictures.

In footage which is being watched with horror by Pakistanis, the couple try to flee when they realise what is about to happen. But a gunman casually shoots the man and then the woman in the back with a burst of gunfire, leaving them bleeding in the dirt. Moments later, when others in the execution party shout out that they are still alive, he returns to coldly finish them with a few more rounds.

Coming soon to a neighborhood near you.

It was the kind of barbarity that has become increasingly familiar across Pakistan as the Taliban tide has spread. But this time, with black-turbaned gunmen almost at the gates of Islamabad, the rare footage has shown urban Pakistanis what could now await them…In the past few days the footage has circulated among Pakistanis who usually show little interest in the rough ways of the distant frontier regions. They have now started to wake up to the fear that al-Qaeda-linked rebels from the frontier could take over their nation.

The Pakistanis I know have been awake to that fear for some time, and especially since Swat was handed over bound and gagged.

The footage Pakistanis have been watching shows them what they could expect. A local journalist was invited to witness the execution, who filmed it with his mobile phone for a Pakistani channel, Dawn News…”Using the media is part of their (the Taliban’s) psychological warfare,” said Imtiaz Gul, chairman of Centre for Research and Security Studies, an independent think tank in Islamabad. “This way, they inject fear into the minds of people who might oppose them, keeping the majority silent.”

Terry Eagleton please note.

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