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Pakistani Taliban Leader's Death by Drone Triggers Relief, Anger and Fear
Written by Qurratulain Zaman On 2 November 2013 @ 5:41 am | 1 Comment
In Breaking News, Citizen Media, Feature, Human Rights, International Relations, Pakistan, Politics, South Asia, Urdu, War & Conflict, Weblog
Hakimullah Mehsud, the chief of the Pakistani Taliban has been killed  in a US drone strike in North Waziristan, according to Pakistani intelligence officials and militant commanders in the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA). Mehsud's driver and bodyguard were also reportedly killed in this strike.
The killing comes a day before the Pakistani government was sending a team to hold peace talks  with Mehsud's Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and just a week after Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with US President Barack Obama  at the White House and expressed his strenuous opposition to drone strikes.
Naz Bloch , spokesperson of Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehkrik-i-Insaf  or PTI, a political party that has been pushing for peace talks with the Taliban and campaigning against US drone strikes tweets Imran Khan's response to the news:
Why doesn't US let the peace process initiate? Drones sabotaged the dialogue & derailed the process yet again. pic.twitter.com/ohGRHmd8KC 
— Naz Baloch (@NazBalochPTI) November 1, 2013 
PTI's chief Imran Khan later demanded the government to immediately block Nato supplies  going through the country to Afghanistan. PTI is the ruling party in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa  province, which shares borders with the tribal areas and has been the most brutally affected by Taliban violence in Pakistan.
Zahid Hussain , a Pakistani journalist and author of The Scorpion's Tail: the relentless rise of Islamic militants in Pakistan was surprised to see Imran Khan's reaction:
I have not seen Imran Khan so angry and upset when the TTP was killing innocent people as he is now on the death of Hakimullah.
— zahid Hussain (@hidhussain) November 1, 2013 
IK was almost on verge of crying when talking to reporters when commenting on Mehsud's death. Just to remind him the TTP killed 3 PTI MPs.
— zahid Hussain (@hidhussain) November 1, 2013 
Blogger and PTI's social media head Dr. Awab Alvi  tweets:
Glad #Mehsud  was Killed today does that stop the terrorism or emergence of a new leader to fill vacuum – NO it only creates more miltnt ldrs
— Awab Alvi (@DrAwab) November 1, 2013 
Zarlasht Faisal, (@ZarlashtFaisal)  , a fashion designer and a PTI supporter, questions the future of the war.
So following the death of Mehsud…is the war over now? Are we victorious now? Will the violence stop? Will there be no more TTP leaders?
— Zarlasht Faisal (@ZarlashtFaisal) November 1, 2013 
Usama Khilji , a Pakistani activist fears a backlash by Taliban:
Security forces around Pakistan must prepare to secure citizens from the mayhem the Taliban may plan to inflict to avenge Hakimullah's death
— Usama Khilji (@UsamaKhilji) November 1, 2013 
Beena Sarwar , a blogger and human rights activist questions the role of TTP.
— beena sarwar (@beenasarwar) November 1, 2013 
Renowned Pakistani lawyer and judicial activist Athar Minallah  reacts:
Hekeemullah Mehsud had proudly claimed killing innocent Pakistanis. Never killed an American. Ppl r declaring him Shaheed. Hypocricy
— Athar Minallah (@MinallahAthar) November 1, 2013 
Omar Quraishi , an op-ed editor of the English daily, the Express Tribune believes drones are not a hindrance to peace talks.
Note to apologists: drones have not sabotaged any peace talks, ever — that is a fact
— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) November 1, 2013 
Patron-in-Chief of Pakistan People's Party or PPP, Bilawal Bhutto Zardar i tweets:
If there are good Taliban and bad Taliban are we allowed to say there are good drones and bad drones? #JustAsking 
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) November 1, 2013 
There are some funny tweets and jokes in Urdu being circulated on Twitter about Hakimullah Mehsud's killing:
اگرامیر حکیم اللہ محسود صاحب نے برقعہ پہن کے فرار اختیار کیا ہوتا تو وہ آج حوروں کے جھرمٹ میں لڈو نہ کھیل رہے ہوتے- آنٹی عزیز لال مسجد والی
— Che™ (@FarrukhHussaini) November 1, 2013 
Had Hakilmullah Mehsud escaped wearing a Burqa, he would not be playing ludo [Pakistani bord game] with Hoors [virgins]. Aunty Aziz Lal Masjid wali
Obituary and condolence etiquette: This is a request to those coming for condolence, the wives of Hakimullah Mehsud – Madam Imrana Khanum and Munawar Begum – are in Iddah [mourning in solitude]. That is why, condolences will be received by his other women, Eliya and Ansaran from Murree [city]. Because these two were not his wives, they were just his sleeping partners.
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URLs in this post:
 killed : http://www.rferl.org/content/drone-strike-pakistan/25155315.html
 a day before the Pakistani government was sending a team to hold peace talks: http://dawn.com/news/1053410/pakistani-taliban-chief-hakimullah-mehsud-killed-in-drone-attack
 met with US President Barack Obama: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/24/world/asia/pakistani-premier-meets-obama-to-mend-ties.html
 Naz Bloch: https://twitter.com/NazBalochPTI/status/396361117431111680
 Pakistan Tehkrik-i-Insaf: http://www.insaf.pk
 pic.twitter.com/ohGRHmd8KC: http://t.co/ohGRHmd8KC
 November 1, 2013: https://twitter.com/NazBalochPTI/statuses/396361117431111680
 demanded the government to immediately block Nato supplies: http://www.dawn.com/news/1053417/imran-demands-immediate-blockade-of-nato-supplies
 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khyber_Pakhtunkhwa
 Zahid Hussain: https://twitter.com/hidhussain
 November 1, 2013: https://twitter.com/hidhussain/statuses/396329258366140416
 November 1, 2013: https://twitter.com/hidhussain/statuses/396331810335887361
 Dr. Awab Alvi: https://twitter.com/DrAwab
 #Mehsud: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Mehsud&src=hash
 November 1, 2013: https://twitter.com/DrAwab/statuses/396347646434369536
 Image: http://www.demotix.com/photo/3105867/jamat-ud-dawa-protest-against-us-drone-attacks-pakistan
 (@ZarlashtFaisal): https://twitter.com/ZarlashtFaisal
 November 1, 2013: https://twitter.com/ZarlashtFaisal/statuses/396328085034762240
 Usama Khilji: https://twitter.com/UsamaKhilji
 November 1, 2013: https://twitter.com/UsamaKhilji/statuses/396356921776955392
 Beena Sarwar: https://twitter.com/beenasarwar
 #drones: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23drones&src=hash
 #Fasadis: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Fasadis&src=hash
 November 1, 2013: https://twitter.com/beenasarwar/statuses/396358826628096000
 Athar Minallah: https://twitter.com/MinallahAthar
 November 1, 2013: https://twitter.com/MinallahAthar/statuses/396341443654324225
 Omar Quraishi: https://twitter.com/omar_quraishi
 November 1, 2013: https://twitter.com/omar_quraishi/statuses/396356192068706305
 Bilawal Bhutto Zardar: https://twitter.com/BBhuttoZardari
 #JustAsking: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23JustAsking&src=hash
 November 1, 2013: https://twitter.com/BBhuttoZardari/statuses/396368662954659840
 November 1, 2013: https://twitter.com/FarrukhHussaini/statuses/396331780644409344
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