TTP chief Hakeemullah Mehsud killed in US drone strike: Reports

Published: November 1, 2013
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Two missiles were fired on a house in Miranshah. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Two missiles were fired on a house in Miranshah. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

MIRANSHAH: A fresh drone strike that has killed Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) commander Hakimullah Mehsud along with four others and injured two in  North Waziristan on Friday, a Reuters report claimed, but a TTP spokesperson denied the report.

The strike on Friday evening targeted a house in Dandey Darpakhel, five kilometres (three miles) north of Miranshah, a town that US considers to be a stronghold of Taliban and al Qaeda militants.

The identities of those killed in the strike are not yet known, but sources say a senior militant commander may be among the dead.

This is the second drone attack in two days, after Thursday’s strike killed three people in Miranshah bazaar.

Hakeemullah’s status unclear

There was speculation that TTP chief Hakeemullah Mehsud, who has a $5 million bounty on his head, with a Reuters report claiming that was among those killed in the drone strike.

The Reuters report citing unnamed security sources said that the TTP chief had been successfully targeted.

“We can confirm Hakeemullah Mehsud was killed in the drone strike,” said one unnamed senior security official told Retuers.

An intelligence source said that “Hakeemullah Mehsud’s funeral is scheduled for 3 pm (Saturday) in Miranshah.”

However, TTP spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid denied the militant commander had been killed in the attack, Express News reported.

A strike in the midst of ‘dialogue process’

On Wednesday, a week after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had urged his US counterpart to halt drone strikes, US Congressman Alan Grayson had said that if Pakistan wanted, drone strikes “could end tomorrow” and that “these strikes would not be possible if Pakistan did not facilitate them.”

Then hours after Thursday’s drone attack, an agitated Imran Khan had stated that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) would put a stop to NATO supplies if a drone attack is conducted during the Taliban peace talks.

Also on Thursday, the Pakistani government announced that the dialogue process with the Taliban had begun, although no formal talks had occurred as yet.

“We expect that the formal dialogue with Taliban will also take place very soon,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar told opposition parties.

The Pakistani defence ministry recently said that 317 US drone strikes in the country’s tribal areas had killed 67 civilians and 2,160 militants in Pakistan since 2008, figures that opposition parties in the parliament are highly skeptical of.

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Reader Comments (137)

  • Green Tiger
    Nov 1, 2013 - 6:47PM

    Time to declare a drone as a national bird of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Green Tiger
    Nov 1, 2013 - 6:49PM

    Waiting for another statement from IK. Only statements. Thankfully, he stopped the 90 days mantra.Recommend

  • yasir
    Nov 1, 2013 - 6:52PM

    Time to shutdown NATO supplies in KPKRecommend

  • ModiFied
    Nov 1, 2013 - 6:53PM

    What next Mian Sahab ? Another US visit or will also join PTI to stop NATO supplies? Only option to clean your area of terrorists, else drones will continue. Recommend

  • Aakashvaani
    Nov 1, 2013 - 6:53PM

    I wish to thank and congratulate the US of A for doing a great job of ridding the planet of dirty jihadis. Please drop one on Hafiz Saeed and Hamid Gul. Once again, Thankyou and God bless America. Keep going, India stands by you.Recommend

  • Aakashvaani
    Nov 1, 2013 - 7:02PM

    I just want to say one thing, ‘Swaad aa gaya’. ha haRecommend

  • Last Word
    Nov 1, 2013 - 7:14PM

    This strike was for Imran Khan’s challenge with love.Recommend

  • Zeeshan Khan
    Nov 1, 2013 - 7:17PM

    Now, its time for PTI government to do what it promised.Recommend

  • Jat
    Nov 1, 2013 - 7:19PM

    Now the Americans will face the full fury of the private citizens armed with their automatic weapons, and the army armed with the atomic weapons. Obama must be quaking in his boots.

    The dreaded Kamran Lashkar will show its mettle… Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Nov 1, 2013 - 7:24PM

    @Green Tiger:
    “Thankfully, he stopped the 90 days mantra.”

    But, US has taken 5 wickets in one ball !!!!!!!!
    One strike yesterday (three wickets taken) and one strike today (five wickets taken). Tomorrow’s strike will make it a Hat-trick !!!!!!Recommend

  • FREEDOM FIGHTER
    Nov 1, 2013 - 7:25PM

    Where is Imran Khan ? What is he doing to stop the drone attack ? Easier said than done.
    We whole hardheartedly support American actions against the terrorists in Pakistan.Time will come when America and other countries would target the ISI and their pets. Recommend

  • Jay
    Nov 1, 2013 - 7:28PM

    The drone strike increased like daily after nawaz visit to US.Pakistani politicians crying daily to stop strikes, but US never listen to them.This is how US will treat your country.Well done
    US.
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  • gul
    Nov 1, 2013 - 7:31PM

    Here starts now imran khan’s turn. Why doesn’t he says anything abt those global fighters who are residing in Pak without any visa and documents..? Is it not th violation ov soverignity? Imran Khan does wishful politics. T after tsunami khan, taliban khan and buzdil khan he will now remain Arman Khan…Recommend

  • Raj
    Nov 1, 2013 - 7:33PM

    Where is Imran khan, the king khan.Now pakistani government are saying that dialogue with taliban going on and Imran told firmly that he will stop nato supply if strike ever happen during dialogue process.So Imran khan what are you waiting for ! Let’s see if he show his guts… Recommend

  • Hamid
    Nov 1, 2013 - 7:36PM

    Let’s wait if pakistan have any guts to stop drones or to stop nato supply line, i mean ‘government of pakistan’.They are afraid of US.Recommend

  • IndianMuslim
    Nov 1, 2013 - 7:41PM

    US, please launch few volleys at RSS ,VHP camps in India too. They are no less than Taliban.Recommend

  • Rajesh
    Nov 1, 2013 - 7:43PM

    The only country in this world which shows stiff blow to these barbarians is none other than US.US doing a very good job.Very much proud of US and its military might.Recommend

  • Truth detector
    Nov 1, 2013 - 7:48PM

    Excitements of Indians & some liberal shoelickers on this forum is amazing…Recommend

  • suzo
    Nov 1, 2013 - 7:50PM

    US should make sure that civilians aren’t targeted!Recommend

  • The Great Game;
    Nov 1, 2013 - 7:52PM

    These consistent drones’ attacks after the Mr. Nawaz recent visit to US and incidents in North Waziristan seem that these drones are being used by the Pakistan or in full coordination with Pakistani establishment. The recent attacks are tactical to strengthen the strategic position in the North Waziristan region before some sort of settlement may be. The establishment is fully involved in such attacks since long and the Govt. even knows well up to certain limit. The one who has been fooling through this tactical propaganda are the innocent people of Pakistan. Remember sooner or later the Nation and world will know the real operators of these drones and killing own people to achieve certain goals even beyond the boundaries. Recommend

  • Allah
    Nov 1, 2013 - 7:56PM

    Well done US. Pakistan is not capable to shoot down any drone!Recommend

  • Uzair Malik
    Nov 1, 2013 - 7:56PM

    Better do something now, khan!Recommend

  • Murali
    Nov 1, 2013 - 8:01PM

    Pakistan national bird strikes again and againRecommend

  • unbelievable
    Nov 1, 2013 - 8:12PM

    If the USA knew where this guy lived so did Pakistan military – you know the military that takes most of your budget and who’s job it is to take care of guys like Hakimullah Mehsud. Recommend

  • asn
    Nov 1, 2013 - 8:13PM

    Extremely good news….
    I wish his all family member would be dead…Recommend

  • unbelievable
    Nov 1, 2013 - 8:14PM

    I would appear that Taliban Khan’s chest thumping rhetoric hasn’t intimidated the USA – anyone surprised?Recommend

  • non political
    Nov 1, 2013 - 8:29PM

    Where r u Nawaza?Recommend

  • Pradhan
    Nov 1, 2013 - 8:33PM

    @Truth detector:
    It is not excitement it is amusing if I may say so. Amusing coz, you guys have boasted about Nawaz Sharif’s talk and talk and talk about how he want peace with India, Now let me ask you this, Do YOU as a Pakistani believe NS’s stand on either Drones or talks with TTP?? Recommend

  • Badal
    Nov 1, 2013 - 8:38PM

    Hear me out my little dal-eating friends. Because of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenals, the West will never let a non secular entity have power in Pakistan and these Taliban (good and bad) will be eliminated slowly but surely. The US and the West will make sure the atomic bombs are in the right hands, so prepare yourselves for a lot more killings in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Raisani
    Nov 1, 2013 - 8:38PM

    It happens only when the Dog is hand in gloves with the Thieves. Recommend

  • jg
    Nov 1, 2013 - 8:53PM

    lets hope we finally got the big fishRecommend

  • jg
    Nov 1, 2013 - 8:56PM

    @Aakashvaani:
    yeah,good riddance for pakistan as well as the indian supported TTP (as evident from US seizure of pakistani taliban from indian/afghan sleuths) recently suggests.

    thankyou USA for killing one more indian paid jehadis.we pakistanis stand by your actions.Recommend

  • Jay
    Nov 1, 2013 - 9:06PM

    @IndianMuslim:
    They are not suicide bombers like you peoplesRecommend

  • Khan Gul
    Nov 1, 2013 - 9:08PM

    Just 2 days ago IK said that he will block NATO trucks if drones happened during talks.

    Just 1 day ago NS said that talks have started.

    Just today the drone has happened, reportedly killing Hakeemullah Mahsud.

    Dear IK,
    In light of these events, please show solidarity with the bereaved TTP and block NATO supplies as you promised to do so.
    Thank you.
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  • Jay
    Nov 1, 2013 - 9:10PM

    This is how your country will get treated by world community while standing hand in hand with these barbarians secretly.Nice work by US. Recommend

  • ahmer
    Nov 1, 2013 - 9:11PM

    Great. Hopethey got this mehsud animalRecommend

  • Kiran
    Nov 1, 2013 - 9:15PM

    Do we can expect any hat trick tommarrow by drones ! Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Nov 1, 2013 - 9:17PM

    @unbelievable:

    They do not!! Some one gives them the cordinates of a mobile phone, they strike for kill. The innocents die and their loved ones cry FOUL! The CIA adjusts the coordinates and have a second try and the de ja vu game is playe. Anyone with an elemetary intelligence should have known about this strike after the victims relatives of the previuos attack appeared n the USA as the guests of the Amnesty Interntional and alerted the CIA of their error

    Amnesty International should have taken them to the Prosecutor of the International criminal court at Hague?.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Faisal
    Nov 1, 2013 - 9:18PM

    This is the most ridiculous thing to happen at this time. I think Pakistan needs to stop NATO supplies, kick american ambassador out and support Afghan Taliban. What nonsense. When whole nation is waiting for talks/peace, Americans would come and do it.Recommend

  • Saad
    Nov 1, 2013 - 9:19PM

    A Drone Attack on peace talks! Where is the National Interest?Recommend

  • Khan
    Nov 1, 2013 - 9:30PM

    Exactly, as I expected……..USA will now start targeting TTP leadership to pressure them in conducting killing in PAKISTAN so that PAKISTANI military have to engage Taliban thus the peace talks will derail and USA will have TALIBAN engaged on both sides of the border rather than only one side…………..

    From the past drone strike timings it can be easily deciphered that USA knows Taliban leadership positions, they only use the strikes to keep Taliban / Pakistan Military engaged……….When ever there is lull in terrorist attacks, in PAKISTAN, and talks of peace overtures USA takes out a high value target in NWA.Recommend

  • Lt Col Imtiaz Alam(retd)
    Nov 1, 2013 - 9:51PM

    If any one of you has seen my Post “The writing on the Wall” it ill be evident that the unfolding Drama predicted my me was correct.

    We should now be prepared for a Drone Attack on our Nuclear Assets.Recommend

  • expaki
    Nov 1, 2013 - 9:59PM

    Long Live DRONES, thank you for helping my people. Jinnah Zinda BaadRecommend

  • Dr Dang
    Nov 1, 2013 - 10:04PM

    ” I have a Dream”- Martin Luther King
    ” I have a Drone” – Barak ObamaRecommend

  • Proletarian
    Nov 1, 2013 - 10:05PM

    Al Jazeera is saying Hakimullah Mehsud has been killed. Thats the headline there. Congratulations Pakistan

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/11/pakistan-taliban-chief-killed-drone-strike-2013111163646666844.htmlRecommend

  • Mohammed
    Nov 1, 2013 - 10:14PM

    The Americans kill the Taliban and they kill innocent civilians in Pakistan. Shouldn`t the Taliban actually try to kill the Americans or am i missing something.Recommend

  • gp65
    Nov 1, 2013 - 10:15PM

    @jg: “yeah,good riddance for pakistan as well as the indian supported TTP (as evident from US seizure of pakistani taliban from indian/afghan sleuths) recently suggests.”

    Here is the news item. http://tribune.com.pk/story/624306/us-catches-afghan-govt-red-handed-in-plotting-with-pakistani-taliban-report/ It has NO reference to India.Recommend

  • god
    Nov 1, 2013 - 10:16PM

    @jg:
    thats why your national hero imran khan and entire leadership crying for themRecommend

  • farooq
    Nov 1, 2013 - 10:17PM

    Any news about hakim UllahRecommend

  • Pakistani Ostrich
    Nov 1, 2013 - 10:19PM

    According to the latest news our most wated criminal terrorist thug, the chief of the TTP, Hakimullah Mehsud has been killed in the latest drone strike!!
    Once again, the USA doing job of our clueless army (remember ‘baitulloo’ droned by the US?).
    What do you say now, you drone haters/burgerking followers?Recommend

  • darkustan on the east
    Nov 1, 2013 - 10:22PM

    The excitement of the trolls is exemplary. Their paranoia and obsession with Pakistan can be observed when NaMo calls for war on the western border and they all cheer up. These drones will end one day but I think the enmity between us will never end.Recommend

  • jamshed kharian-pak
    Nov 1, 2013 - 10:35PM

    Fights ahead among the english elits in Pakistan and the Islamic Forces of PakistanRecommend

  • np
    Nov 1, 2013 - 10:35PM

    @Green Tiger: Do you want to see how you had condemned those that did not vote for Imran here? http://tribune.com.pk/story/548218/pti-will-not-be-friendly-opposition-shah-mehmood-qureshi/

    Perhaps they were not naive and/or corrupt (i.e. voted for money) but had assessed your hero better than you had?

    Even in future, do give benefit of doubt to people whose opinions differ from yours. They could be right.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Nov 1, 2013 - 10:36PM

    Yesssssssss that’s how you deal with thugs and bandits! I would also like to extend my sincere condolences to IK for becoming an orphan today.Recommend

  • Mj
    Nov 1, 2013 - 10:45PM

    Apparently the chief of TTP has been killed. Hurrah!Recommend

  • yash
    Nov 1, 2013 - 10:50PM

    there isn’t any drone strike today. it was yesterday where H Mehsud was killed Recommend

  • Turbo
    Nov 1, 2013 - 10:56PM

    get ready for the backlash dear Pakistanis…no more peace dialogues as TTP chief has been killed apparently…no peace in Pakistan!Recommend

  • Last Word
    Nov 1, 2013 - 10:57PM

    Will Imran Khan attend the funeral of TTP chief at 3 PM tomorrow ?Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Nov 1, 2013 - 11:03PM

    Can we have more of the same please !
    As this stupid failed Nation is not likely to change its ways, nor learn any lessons !
    God Bless Uncle Sam !
    They have finally woken up, and started cleaning job, before they leave the region !
    So much for the Washington Visit !!!!!!!Recommend

  • unbelievable
    Nov 1, 2013 - 11:10PM

    @Lt Col Imtiaz Alam(retd):

    We should now be prepared for a Drone
    Attack on our Nuclear Assets.

    If Pakistan’s Nuclear Assets can be taken out with two hellfire missiles then maybe they aren’t the asset you believe? Further – if the USA is determined to eliminate Pakistan’s nukes – why now and why limited to drones? Conspiracy theorist go to great lengths to ignore the obvious.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Nov 1, 2013 - 11:13PM

    KPK should announce a mourning period of 7 days and flags to fly at half mast.Recommend

  • Umar
    Nov 1, 2013 - 11:16PM

    Drone attacks are not going to stop. People may not like them but they are proving to be most effective battle field weapon. Drones will keep taliban from declering the victory & U.S.A embracing the same fate as Soviets. Fortunately there is minimum colleteral damage & at the same time eliminating top enemy leadership. Best of both worlds. Recommend

  • Amused Historian
    Nov 1, 2013 - 11:18PM

    Lot of empty rhetoric from Pakistanis!

    But no discussion on why you live such a life of indignity and humiliation. If you had lived within your current borders focusing on education, economy and nation building you wouldn’t be in this impotent humiliating situation. Nothing embodies your abject misery as foreign army killing inside your country with impunity.

    Ironically your country was born out of superiority complex, with the thinking it is beneath your supreme selves to live as equal citizens and share equal rights with non-muslims.

    Supreme Irony.Recommend

  • Arindom
    Nov 1, 2013 - 11:23PM

    Good job and a great pinpoint shot. Hafeez must be surrounding himself with women and children as protection!!Recommend

  • Last Word
    Nov 1, 2013 - 11:28PM

    The killing of TTP chief is the Obama’s testimony to Nawaz Sharif that drones unlike cigarettes are not injurious to Pakistan’s health, but they are like apples if they come everyday, it becomes TTP’s dooms day.Recommend

  • logic
    Nov 1, 2013 - 11:32PM

    Thank you AmericaRecommend

  • Naseer
    Nov 1, 2013 - 11:44PM

    Although our religion teaches us not to celebrate someones’ misery, I have a smile on my face. I hope the news about the TTP chief is correct!Recommend

  • csmann
    Nov 1, 2013 - 11:45PM

    Sincere condolences to TTP supporters and apologists and the cyber-Taliban. How these poor souls have to come up with all sorts of explanations to cope with the losses.Recommend

  • bechari-awam
    Nov 1, 2013 - 11:51PM

    bechari-awam is thrilled by this news. InshaAllah all these talibanimals who are blowing up children, women and men without impunity in public and religious places will be sent to hellfire by these drones once and for all.Thanks US for what you do for us to eliminate these animals.Recommend

  • Arif
    Nov 1, 2013 - 11:53PM

    AlhamdulilahRecommend

  • Babbarsher Khan
    Nov 1, 2013 - 11:55PM

    Wow, what a big set-back for our Kaptaan! Whom he is going to negotiate peace now? Will he stop NATO supplies now? Recommend

  • unbelievable
    Nov 1, 2013 - 11:56PM

    @yasir:

    Time to shutdown NATO supplies in KPK

    Yep – and time for the USA to cutoff aid, trade, and diplomatic relations with Pakistan – should go a long way in;repairing India/USA relations. Who knows maybe in the future India/USA will sign a mutual defense treaty and maybe USA will include India under their Missile Defense Umbrella – maybe provide some drones as well. That should make the Pakistan chest thumpers pucker.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Nov 1, 2013 - 11:57PM

    Goes to show………..where there’s a will, there’s a way.Recommend

  • zayeph
    Nov 2, 2013 - 12:13AM

    So what another Hakimullah will become chief tomorrow this is no solution to this disease or can they kill all tribal militants??? They just kept increasing in these last 11 years? But yes one thing now peace talks and ceasefire is in danger and our leaders wow they are very smart. Just my opinion(could be wrong).

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  • Zeeshan Khan
    Nov 2, 2013 - 12:23AM

    Nawaz Sharif is letting the nation down by not securing the lives of tribal people and other citizens. This drone will trigger fresh wave of terrorism in Pakistan.

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  • Wali Khan
    Nov 2, 2013 - 12:26AM

    This is insanity to kill people by drone attack. We should recourse to due process of Law. Now Pakistan be ready to give more blood of poor people walking in streets.
    I am sure that will not impact on Rulers. Dear Pakistani just be ready to die in Bomb blasts.

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  • imran
    Nov 2, 2013 - 12:30AM

    with whom will we talk now ?!
    hehe

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  • Malik Hamza
    Nov 2, 2013 - 12:38AM

    Thank you USA
    Please do violate our sovereignty because OBL and other terrorists also violate our sovereignty.
    Please continue ….

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  • Frank Observers
    Nov 2, 2013 - 12:39AM

    To all the idiots here lambasting IK, is he the PM of the country?

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  • Zif
    Nov 2, 2013 - 12:46AM

    Is it a tactic to pressurise TTP in order to bring them to the negotiating table without preconditions? BTW , its show time IK. Now do what you said. CH.Nisar can also join u if he wants. I know some people will cry that its deliberate attempt to sabotage talks.But look at the other way. IF these drones are taking place with the tacit understanding of the Gov. then they can damage TTP whenever they want. Recently Latif Mahsud was caught red handed by US and the connivance of TTP n Afghan Gov. was confirmed. The recent trips of our PM to USA and UK. What do you think would have been discussed? And then the news of Baitullah no more. I think the trips were successfull. Now the Gov. can talk with a position of strength. PS: Its a theory and anyone can disagree with it.Recommend

  • Nov 2, 2013 - 12:49AM

    @Lt Col Imtiaz Alam(retd):

    We should now be prepared for a Drone Attack on our Nuclear Assets.

    Are you saying that you viewed TTP’s Hakimullah Mehsud as a Pak militant asset rather than the CIA/RAW conspiratorial threat usually propagated by yourself?

    The mental twists in reasoning that Taliban apologists go through.

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  • sher khan
    Nov 2, 2013 - 12:51AM

    Taliban spokesman said earlier, ‘there has been no contact about talks. He did get mother of all contacts.

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  • Nadeem
    Nov 2, 2013 - 12:53AM

    Great news for Pakistan and a sad day for Imran Khan.

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  • Ussama Yaqub
    Nov 2, 2013 - 12:53AM

    What will IK and PTI and all other anti-drone campaigners do now? Block NATO supplies to protest the killing of a man who is responsible for deaths of thousands of Pakistani citizens and soldiers! Or stay quiet and backtrack from their original statement that they will block NATO supplies if anymore drone attacks happen. Looks like IK is not only a failure on the domestic front but also has little understanding of international politics as well.Recommend

  • Sharath
    Nov 2, 2013 - 12:55AM

    Until now most of pakistanis say that hakimullah mehsud is the agent of RAW/CIA.Now he has been killed by us drone strike.Now what they are going to say ! Any other theory left !

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  • jg
    Nov 2, 2013 - 12:57AM

    indians just lost their greatest ttp assett. i am sure indian sleuths(RAW) are mourning today

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  • Pankaj
    Nov 2, 2013 - 12:58AM

    @Lt Col Imtiaz Alam(retd):
    Pls give me the link, colonal.

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  • DKK
    Nov 2, 2013 - 1:00AM

    Death of a person who is responsible for 40000 deaths of our country men is a reason good enough for me..

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  • expaki
    Nov 2, 2013 - 1:01AM

    @Lt Col Imtiaz Alam(retd): Colonel PLEASE do not not DRAMATIZE it, enough of all that. Its your brothers in UNIFORM of yesterday and TODAY, who should open their shirt and look into what THEY have done to this land.Colonel dio you have COURAGE to face a Bengali mother who lost her son, becuase you people ( army) what did inb East Pakistan? Be honest to yourself, can you say where did you win any war? Jinnah ZINDA BAD.Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Nov 2, 2013 - 1:02AM

    @Rajesh:

    your country has its own barbarians, who routinely set minorities on fire publicly and burn their villages. worry about them.

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  • hamza khan
    Nov 2, 2013 - 1:03AM

    i hope ISI played some role in this.

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  • Uzair Malik
    Nov 2, 2013 - 1:09AM

    Now be ready for more revenge attack beloved Pakistanis-more extremism and radicalisation flourishing instead of education and literacy!

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  • Anon
    Nov 2, 2013 - 1:14AM

    convenient timing this… when there was some noise being created about the legality of drones…

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  • Usman Ali
    Nov 2, 2013 - 1:15AM

    The US had intel on Hakim’s where abouts for a very long time. Amazing that it striked on the very day when the formal talks were about to be started.
    Killing Hakimullah does not solve our problem. Every new taliban commander has been worse than his predecessor. Who ever comes in, will surely act more agressively to announce his arrival while using the retribution sentiments of various taliban groups.
    And to top it all Moharram is about to commence.

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  • onlooker
    Nov 2, 2013 - 1:20AM

    Timing is everything. Just when Pakistan was ready to start a dialogue with TTP that would have shown everyone what disconnected and disunited group of thugs these people really are, you have this. Had USA been really sincere to pakistan it would have done so 4 years back. TTP is a foreign funded group of thugs, leadership doesn’t count for much.

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  • Pankaj
    Nov 2, 2013 - 1:20AM

    Why Pakistanis are so sad and agitated, when a terrorist, hardliner got killed ? I am not able to understand it.

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  • Pankaj
    Nov 2, 2013 - 1:21AM

    Why Pakistanis are so sad and agitated, when a terrorist, hardliner got killed ? I am not able to understand it. Someone pls enlighten me on this

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  • azmat khan
    Nov 2, 2013 - 1:45AM

    @Aakashvaani: Thank you Aakashvaani.

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  • azmat khan
    Nov 2, 2013 - 1:52AM

    @Raj – USA:
    Sure.

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  • pakistani bloach
    Nov 2, 2013 - 2:01AM

    indians are acting like monkeys on geni, s shoulders . making faces nd laughing at others but they are forgetting something. there wont be any geni after 2014..Maybe you should prepare yourself because tables are going to turn.

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  • hehe
    Nov 2, 2013 - 2:17AM

    utter confusion. PM saying talks started while his interior minister says that they plan to start. They ask US to stop drones while a congressman from US say drones are carried out with our govt’s permission. ‘Reports’ say that this Hakeemullah dude killed while his buddies at Mirahshah deny this.

    What’s going on is honestly beyond me? Hard to find the ‘truth’…

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  • PS
    Nov 2, 2013 - 2:19AM

    He had the blood of thousands of innocent Pakistanis on his hands. Recommend

  • Sexton Blake
    Nov 2, 2013 - 2:20AM

    @unbelievable: US not intimidated
    Killers without morals are difficult to control.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Nov 2, 2013 - 2:39AM

    @Wali Khan:
    Excuse me, but speaking of the “due process of law” you refer to, did I somehow miss the (many) trials that must have been held to sanction the slaughter of some 30,000 PLUS PAKISTANIS over the past decade????

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  • Optimist
    Nov 2, 2013 - 2:48AM

    I must congratulate the Pakistani spy agencies for providing the right coordinates to the Americans, who used this information to take out this terrorist with a drone strike.

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  • Vakil
    Nov 2, 2013 - 2:49AM

    Pleeeeeeze someone nominate “DRONE” for (next year’s) NOBEL “Peace Prize” !!!

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  • Pmahmud
    Nov 2, 2013 - 3:07AM

    America had knowledge of all these TTP people for a long time and now after NS meeting they take out three top people of TTP. This shows a change of policy. Ask Karzai and MM Sigh how they feel. America also want to show that their actions could be very useful to Pakistan.

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  • Khan
    Nov 2, 2013 - 3:10AM

    great news and thank you USA. shame on our army for not having the guts to kill this butcher

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  • numbersnumbers
    Nov 2, 2013 - 3:38AM

    @Usman Ali:
    BTW, Please tell us just how you know that “US had Intel on Hakim’s where abouts (?) for a very long time”!

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  • Leela
    Nov 2, 2013 - 3:46AM

    I am confused. Are Pakistanis applauding the killing or denouncing it? Sometimes, the taliban are brothers and at other times they are RAW/CIA agents. If the TTP were CIA agents, then why would he be droned by the US? Pakistanis need to make up their minds.

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  • Khan
    Nov 2, 2013 - 5:20AM

    India loses another ally. Stop trying to destroy our nation, you should read what the word “blow back” means in history books.

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  • Sexton Blake
    Nov 2, 2013 - 8:02AM

    @numbersnumbers:
    Dear numbers,
    You have a habit of missing important statistics. By my count US/UK/NATO/Israeli group activities have ensured that several million people are no longer with us as a result of their activities over the last 13 years. If I have missed something please advise me.

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  • bajwa
    Nov 2, 2013 - 8:16AM

    Drone zindabad! Long Live Drone. I say this only when drone kills such animals; not the innocent citizens.

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  • James
    Nov 2, 2013 - 9:34AM

    @Truth detector:
    And Pakistan was accusing India of funding and supporting the TTP in causing mayhem in Pakistan.The glee,excitement from Indians seems misplaced if one of their “allies” is killed

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  • True Karachiwala
    Nov 2, 2013 - 10:33AM

    Good team work-Pak Army & USARecommend

  • Usman Ali
    Nov 2, 2013 - 10:34AM

    @numbersnumbers
    Just a few days ago the bbc had their correspondent meet Hakimullah in waziristan. He reported that drones were flying so low over the yard that he feared of a strike. Hakimullah though confidently assured him that these drones will not strike. The correspondent was actually amazed at his confidence and realized that hakim had gotten used to the frequent drone flights over his yard.
    Ps: there were around 500 armed men in the yard and it would have been impossibe for the CIA not to have marked them already.

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  • Virkaul
    Nov 2, 2013 - 11:43AM

    @Green Tiger: Markhor anyway is going to be extinct.

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Nov 2, 2013 - 12:19PM

    Now wait for more terror attacks in Pakistan because whenever TTP shows positive response for peace talks on the that exact time US targets TTP’s leadership…….

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  • V. C. Bhutani
    Nov 2, 2013 - 5:36PM

    It took me some time to run through all the comments. A large majority of comments are happy to see this chap killed. It seems the awaam in Pakistan have their heads and hearts in the right places. Clearly, the awaam are no supporters of TTP, regardless of what IK may say now. Those in places of decision making do not seem to have their hand on the people’s pulse. Otherwise both civilian government and army should have acted fast to tackle terrorists head on instead of seeking to talk with them. Does anyone in government really expect to be able to convert TTP to peaceful ways? TTP has left no one in doubt where they stand: they are totally opposed to Pakistan government, Pakistan constitution, and Pakistan State. Then, where is the meeting point of these two diametrically opposed approaches? Let us hope Nawaz Sharif returns from London with some new ideas and some kind of a zulfiqar. V. C. Bhutani, Delhi, 2 Nov 2013, 1805 ISTRecommend

  • Nov 2, 2013 - 8:44PM

    @IndianMuslim: you are not an Indian muslim

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  • Nov 2, 2013 - 8:49PM

    no battle is won in this world unless there is some internal support and help. Even the great Lord Ram could not capture Lanka without the help of the brother of the king of Lanka. That’s why they say -ghar ka bhedi Lanka dhai! So some people are protecting the Taliban and the others are targeting them. But the poor civilians suffer.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Nov 3, 2013 - 12:19AM

    @Sexton Blake:
    And of course YOU can “advise” all of us credible references to detail those “missed statistics” about the “Several Million Deaths” due to US/UK/NATO/Israeli activities over the last 13 years!!! NOT!!

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  • numbersnumbers
    Nov 3, 2013 - 12:59AM

    @Usman Ali:
    1) Please provide a link to the BBC reporter relating about the drones flying over the compound and Meshud’s saying he was not worried, and also about the “500 armed men” visible in the courtyard that drones couldn’t miss seeing!
    2) Drone strikes try and minimize collateral damage, so waiting until he was in a vehicle away from other people would be expected.

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  • Sexton Blake
    Nov 3, 2013 - 5:37AM

    @numbersnumbers: Several million dead from US etc incursions
    Dear numbers,
    You are living in a lost fantasy world, and I doubt that you will ever comprehend anything related to reality. A it is you are just using up valuable ET space, which could be used for better purposes

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  • csmann
    Nov 3, 2013 - 8:39AM

    @Sexton Blake:
    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your idol.We understand that you are angry at the whole world in this time of a great loss to you and other TTP apologists.After all what does it matter to you that this murderer was responsible for the slaughter of 50,000 innocent Pakistanis.We know you would have liked him to live a little longer so that he could murder a few thousand more innocents.After all what is more braver than killing one’s own countrymen-a nice way to fight one’s enemies.

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  • Nobody
    Nov 3, 2013 - 10:47AM

    @Badal:
    Yes, because it’s not Taliban killing the people of Pakistan, it’s the US, henna? eye roll
    And what exactly do you mean by “good” Taliban???

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  • Nobody
    Nov 3, 2013 - 10:48AM

    @Jay:
    The citizens being killed by such terrorists are not standing hand in hand with these barbarians. You can thank the Pakistani government for that. Direct your comment where it counts.

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  • Nobody
    Nov 3, 2013 - 10:51AM

    @Faisal:
    Ahhh another delusional citizen, believing these “peace” talks will result in a solution. One cannot negotiate peace with people who want absolute power and will kill in order to get it. As for supporting Afghan Taliban, what in the world do YOU have to gain by supporting monsters who will kill you without flinching if you go against them or their ideology. You are fooling yourself.

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  • Nobody
    Nov 3, 2013 - 10:56AM

    @Sharath:
    No more theories. Just a celebration. Join the party mate.

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  • Politician
    Nov 3, 2013 - 10:56AM

    I’m wondering regarding some provoking thoughts of liberal mindset that TTP killing and agenda is unconstitutional while US drone is constitutional

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  • vickram
    Nov 3, 2013 - 12:05PM

    For God’s sake, stop whining and go to Alibaba.com and order a few drones for yourself !

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  • qhn
    Nov 3, 2013 - 2:03PM

    Why are indians so much interested in commenting on this report? jidhar daikho raj, vikram, indianmuslim and so on?

    and that too with pathetic wordings!!

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  • Sexton Blake
    Nov 3, 2013 - 6:22PM

    @csmann:
    Dear csmann,
    Along with your other meagre attempts to put forth pro-American propaganda your latest move into the world of droll satire is a complete failure. However, at least one moderator in ET, in conjunction with many of the lower functioning ET readers, appears to approve of your missives, so I suppose along with the low grade comments of unbelievable and GP65 the world will just have to keep on suffering. I write many detailed missives to counter the inaccuracies written by the three of you, but ET does not print them. This one is not particularly important so it stands a good chance of being printed.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Nov 4, 2013 - 12:04AM

    @Sexton Blake:
    Since you never provide sources for your fantasy world comments that are posted, ALL the readers can only conclude that all your so-called “detailed missives to counter inaccuracies” never existed to be moderated in the first place!
    Saying that the ET Moderators “dissed my response” is a convenient way of hiding when your “so-called” facts are called into question!

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  • Sexton Blake
    Nov 4, 2013 - 2:21AM

    @numbersnumbers:
    Dear numbers,
    After all the missives I have sent, in reply to you and csmann etc, which were not printed by ET it does not give me any satisfaction to see an unimportant message printed. It does appear that anybody such as you can send in fictitious articles about the Taliban without providing believable backup. In contrast, when I give detailed accounts of US/NATO killings they are persona non grata as far as ET is concerned. Regretfully, ET understands that there are basically three types of people. The very intelligent, the reasonably intelligent and the lesser intelligent who lack the capacity for thinking and basic analysis. Unfortunately, you, unbelievable, csmann, GP65 etc belong to the latter category., Although I regret that TTP chief Hakeemullah has been murdered one gets used to it after millions have suffered a similar fate from the US/NATO. killing machine. The latter sentence will probably prevent this missive from being printed, but we will see.

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  • NotSoCommon
    Nov 4, 2013 - 11:20PM

    @hamza khan

    Can you paint a picture of minorities in your country for my sake? At least in my country everyone has equal rights whereas in your country a minority cannot even dream to hold top positions cos the constitution does not allow them, let allow practice their religion without fear.

    Whats the saying, people living in glass houses…..??

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