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The Pakistani Taliban has further splintered into more groups after a disagreement over the treatment of Christians. In a video statement, the leader of the new splinter group said they were breaking away from the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar because they found their attacks on Christians and civilians to be un-Islamic. In recent years, Christians and their places of worship have become a soft target for terrorists. In 2015, two churches in Lahore were bombed in the weeks leading up to Easter. In 2016, a public park in Lahore was bombed on Easter day with the expressed intent to target Christians celebrating the holiday. 

11/14/2017 Pakistan (Washington Post) – A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban has been further split into two groups in an apparent blow to Jihadis operating against Pakistani forces to enforce Islamic law, known as Sharia.

A video statement Sunday said the Hizbul Ahrar group, formed in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan a day earlier, will be headed by the militant commander Mukarram Khan. Khan had earlier served as an important commander and spokesman for the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar group.

The statement said Khan left Jamaat-ul-Ahrar over differences with its chief over attacks against innocent minority Christians, killing civilians, extortion, kidnapping for ransom and other acts he deemed un-Islamic.

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