A surgeon who fled the country to join the Taliban after being charged with sectarian violence has reportedly been killed in Pakistan.

Dr Mirza Tariq Ali, 39, formerly of Lambkins Mews in Walthamstow, was struck off in October after evidence emerged of Ali beating a Shi'ite Muslim with a flagpole during a rally in Edgware Road in May 2013. 

The Locom doctor, who practised in the NHS, fled the country a month before he was due to stand trial at the Old Bailey in April 2014.

His death was announced by Taliban spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan in a statement detailing a newly-formed coalition of two splinter groups. 

He claimed he had been killed by Pakistani intelligence agents.

He said: "Maulana Shakeel Ahmed Haqqani Shaheed and Doctor Tariq Ali also known as Abu Obaidah Al Islamabadi Shaheed martyring is carried out by the agents of the notorious ISI. 

"Therefore, the revenge of these martyrs will be taken by Tehreek-e-Taliban jointly". 

Pakistani's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) came under pressure late last year to act against the terror group after 132 schoolchildren and staff were gunned down in Peshawar.  

It is believed Ali became a senior leader of the Pakistani Taliban. 

He appeared in a recruitment video in November urging foreign jihadists to join him.

Ali was one of five men, including Jordon Horner, 21, of Radbourne Crescent in Walthamstow, to be convicted of sectarian violence in June and, in his absence, was sentened to 15 months imprisonment. 

Yesterday, (March 12) radical preacher Anjem Choudhary, an associate of Ali, took to Twitter to pay tribute to Ali. 

A spokesman for the Foreign Office, said: "We would not comment on this case as he is not a British national."