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Updated: November 2, 2013 12:21 IST

Hakimullah Mehsud killed in drone strike

Meena Menon
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Hakimullah Mehsud
Hakimullah Mehsud

At a time when the Pakistan government is claiming it has set in motion a process of talks with militants, news reports say that a U.S drone strike in North Waziristan on Friday killed Hakimullah Mehsud, head of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

According to reports‚ two missiles were fired on a house in Dande Darpa Khel area killing four people. However, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior and others from the military say the news is not yet confirmed.

The Dawn newspaper quoted Pakistani intelligence officials as having reported to their higher-ups that the Pakistani Taliban chief was leaving a meeting at a mosque in Dande Darpa Khel when the drone targeted his vehicle.

Mehsud was anointed head of the TTP in August 2009 after the death of former leader Baitullah Mehsud in a drone strike. He carries a reward of $5 million reward on his head as a Most Wanted Terrorist.

Connecting the dots, it appears that US helped Pakistan get rid of their biggest
problem. This would free up the Pakistani army significantly. India should maintain
its peace talks despite any future attacks on it from across the border. Just like it has been doing for thousands of years.
I trust our leaders and bureaucrats would do everything in their power as they have been to protect innocent lives in the country. Our leaders make the toughest choices and sacrifice everything of their own for the sake of the nation's security and prosperity. The common man of the country should take a leaf from their book and be inspired to do the same.

from:  Anamendra Bharati
Posted on: Nov 2, 2013 at 06:56 IST

This is not the first time that he was reported to have been killed - I
think this is the third time. Us may have right reasons to kill these
terrorist, but killing one or two may not make any difference until
people perceptions are changed. Drone strikes may be creating more
demons than they are eliminating. Also US drone strikes are likely to
be directed by Pakistani military and its intelligence for their own
strategy and US helping them to achieve Pak's ill planned designs!

from:  Kumar Angam
Posted on: Nov 2, 2013 at 03:00 IST

A Persian proverb goes, the treatment for a rotten tooth is extraction of the rotten tooth. I hope this drone belonged to Pakistan Army.

from:  Tipu Qaimkhani
Posted on: Nov 2, 2013 at 02:16 IST
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