US Strike on Taliban Leader Kills Peace Efforts: Pakistan
Militants said to have picked new chief
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 2, 2013 5:23 PM CDT
In this Oct. 4, 2009 file photo, Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud, left, is seen during a meeting with media near the Afghanistan border.   (AP Photo/Ishtiaq Mehsud, File)

(Newser) – Seeking peace, Pakistani officials were due to meet with Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud today—a day after the US reportedly killed him in a drone attack. Now, Pakistani officials are expressing outrage over the strike, and they've summoned the US ambassador to make their views known, the BBC reports. "This is not just the killing of one person, it's the death of all peace efforts," says interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. He adds that "every aspect" of US-Pakistani ties will face review.

The country's information minister, Pervez Rashid, suggested peace efforts could be salvaged: "The US has tried to attack the peace talks with this drone, but we will not let them fail." Mehsud had previously been falsely reported dead, but it appears that this time the reports are accurate: Taliban members secretly buried him today, fighters and security figures tell Reuters. One militant said his body was "damaged but recognizable." The Taliban vowed revenge. "Every drop of Hakimullah's blood will turn into a suicide bomber," says a spokesman. The group may already have chosen a successor, with unconfirmed reports pointing to Khan Said Sajna, a regional commander. But Reuters suggests there are disagreements over the choice.

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Nov 3, 2013 10:00 PM CST
The only peace they know is what's left after killing someone.
Nov 3, 2013 8:07 PM CST
Of course the Pakistani government denounced this, every Pakistani politician is required to denounce every drone strike, even while they take our money while tacitly permitting them. Who knows what is really going on. It's possible that we really did this against the wishes of the Pakistani government, but there are many other possibilities as well. They may really want the Taliban snuffed out, and went through the show of peace talks while gathering the intelligence needed for the killing. This might even be the result of an internal power struggle in the Pakistani Taliban, where one faction found it helpful to have us do their dirty work. In a conflict like this you can only guess what is really happening.
Nov 3, 2013 4:24 PM CST
Wasn't bin laden hiding in this country as well? I'd say all peace talk is off. I think most Americans would be ok with invading Pakistan. Pakistan is the country we should have invaded instead of Iraq. That's the stupidity of the Bush era. Iraq never really did anything... I guess sadam had brutal ways of killing people but americans are worse.. we fry people in an electric chair and have people watch which in most peoples eyes is worse than any form of punishment any country has ever done in history. Sadam just punished murderers and terrorist groups, he had to be brutal in a place of terror. The taliban was scared of sadam he kept the place safe.. then we go in and kill the guy on our side.. wow that was smart. Most Sadam supporters still support sadam to this day and can't understand why we gave him to the taliban to be stoned to death... we are truly a dumb country for that, no one has given us respect ever since. I think that was one of the major down falls of this country. All done out of anger because of the 911 bombings.. Just like the nazi police in this country so constantly do almost a spitting replica of the hitler days. They go after the wrong person and not only kill him but open up the entire country to the taliban which is now terrorist ran. They have more bombings in Iraq than ever, all the good people are getting brutallized without sadam around to protect them. We are supposed to be protecting those people and we aren't.. they are dying with no mercy each and everyday.