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Pakistan: Al-Qaida has role in Taliban succession

ISLAMABAD (AP) - A top official says there are concerns in Pakistan that al-Qaida is trying to install one of its own as head of the country's Taliban after the apparent killing of the group's leader.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik tells BBC radio that all the "credible information" points to the Taliban leader having died in the CIA missile strike Wednesday, despite claims to the contrary by some Taliban leaders.

Malik says the Pakistan Taliban appear in disarray, amid unconfirmed reports of deadly infighting over a replacement.

Malik did not specify which candidate might be al-Qaida's preference, though it is highly unlikely that Pakistan Taliban fighters would agree to an Arab or anyone not of the Pashtun ethnic group that dominates the tribal belt.


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