1st November’ 2013:
Islamabad: Chief of
Pakistani Taliban Hakimullah Mehsud was killed by a US drone strike on Friday.
Hakimullah Mehsud headed Tehrik-i-Taliban ( Pakistan). Intelligence Officials
told Dawn News that Pakistani Taliban supremo was leaving for a meeting at a
mosque in Dande Darpakhel in North Wazaristan
when the drone targeted his vehicle and he was killed. His driver and bodyguard
were also killed in the attack. Sources confirmed that five terrorists
including Abdullah Bahar Mehsud and Tariq Mehsud were also killed while two
others were injured.
Although the Pakistan Government has not yet confirmed this killing but Taliban sources told The Dawn News that Hakimullah was shifted to a hospital after the Drone strike but he succumbed to his injuries on the way. Meanwhile Foreign News Associated Press reported that a Senior US intelligence official confirmed the strike overnight saying that the U.S received positive confirmation on Friday morning about the killing. The
government strongly condemned the attack calling it a ‘violation of sovereignty
and territorial integrity of the country.’
Even though the White House and CIA have refused to comment on it, the US State Department’s spokesperson, Jen Psaki told The Dawn news that, “We have seen those reports but we don’t have anything for you on that. The reports just came out. We have a close cooperative relationship with
Pakistan on various issues, including
counter-terrorism but I do not have anything specific for you on Pakistan on
American National Security Council’s spokesperson Kathleen Hayden said that the American officials are not in a condition to confirm this killing but if it was true then it is a big damage to Pakistani Taliban.
The Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles which are either controlled by pilots on the ground or increasingly, autonomously following a pre-programming mission. Information with the Wikipedia claims that The United States of America has made hundreds of attacks on targets in
Pakistan since 2004 using drones controlled by the American
Central Intelligence Agency’s Special Activity Division. 364 Drone Attacks have
been conducted till 2013 which killed 2,830 people.
has repeatedly protested the Drone strikes, the US State Home Departments Legal
Advisor Harold Koh stated that the drone strikes were legal because of the
right to self-defense.
Hakimullah was born near the town of
in South Waziristan around 1980. Hakimullah’s
birth name is Zalfiquar. Hakimullah received his basic education from a
Madarrasa at a place called Hangu. Hakimullah first came into spotlight after
he raided against the Pakistani army. He rose radically after the capture of
300 Pakistani soldiers in 2007. The
initial bodyguard of Pakistan’s
Tehrik-i-Taliban founder Baitullah, Hakimullah succeeded him after he was
killed in a similar drone attack back in the year 2009. A year later, in 2010,
he claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb in Afghanistan which killed seven CIA
Hakimullah had a reputation for being particularly ruthless.
States of America had announced a reward 5
million dollars for leading information to capture Hakimullah Mehsud. Pakistan
government was offering 6, 00,000 dollars reward on him.
In the aftermath of the killing of Tehrik-I-Taliban’s Chief Hakimullah Mehsud, the Pakistani government has blamed the U.S.A for influencing the peace process of