Qari Zainuddin, who had been challenging militant chief and fellow tribesman Baitullah Mehsud, was shot dead Tuesday.
As the Army begins attacking South Waziristan, it has targeted hideouts of Baitullah Mehsud. Killing or even dislodging the militant chief could deal a severe blow to the movement, analysts say.
As many as 50 died Saturday as the military prepares to officially launch an offensive in the Taliban stronghold.
Religious charities with extremist ties or sympathies are winning favor among displaced people for their speedy aid work.
A suicide attack on Peshawar's Pearl Continental, popular among foreigners, killed at least five people and wounded 70.
A new militia is targeting militants in revenge for a mosque bombing Friday. Some say it could be a turning of the tide in public sentiment, driven by recent Army successes.
For reasons of geography, ethnicity, military inferiority, and ancient rivalries, they represent neither the immediate threat that is often portrayed nor the inevitable victors that the West fears.
The operation came after Taliban militants ambushed a convoy, taking hostage at least 80 students and staff of a military school.
Some say they don't mind being uprooted for now – if the Taliban are ousted for good. The Army says it should clear militants from major towns within days, though rooting them out from rural areas may take months.
Government officials say the month-long military offensive is within days of accomplishing its goal. Next up: a second offensive in South Waziristan.