Khan Said alias Sajna and Shehryar Mehsud, both from the Mehsud Taliban fighters, continue to engage in a bloodbath for turf and kitty. According to first-hand reports, dozens of fighters, mainly from the Shehryar group, died in the recent infighting which started in South Waziristan and expanded to North Waziristan.
The first pattern that appears from the present and previous infighting indicates the impact of the militant discourse on the very outfit that constructed and perpetuated it. A difference of opinion in the ‘Sharia’ paradigm is interpreted as enough to be labelled an enemy and deserving of elimination.
The militant discourse stresses absolutism. In this paradigm, there can be only a single ‘right’ and ‘true’ interpretation of reality. Hence, any person who differs with the perceived ‘right’ interpretation is dubbed a ‘munafiq’ or ‘spy’.
We’re talking about the Pakistani Taliban here and the core of the conflict is about power and money. But it’s always been that way in Islam.
The Shiite-Sunni split originated as a struggle of dynastic succession. Imagine the War of the Roses going on forever because both the Lancaster and York houses decided to make their own versions of Christianity and you have the endless Islamic fighting in a nutshell.
With no separation between mosque and state, Islam is a virtual state based on a religion. To gain control of the state, you have to control the religion, and you control the religion in the proper medieval way by killing your enemies.