There are strong indications that a top Pakistani Taliban leader was killed in a US air attack in the South Waziristan tribal area of Pakistan. The White House has just said although they can’t confirm the death, there seems to be a growing consensus that Baitullah Mehsud had been killed.
According to his aides, Baitullah Mehsud, the head of the Tehrik-i-Taliban in Pakistan died when US missiles hit the house where he was staying. His wife is also believed to have been killed in the attack.
Mehsud has been the most wanted man in the fight against the Taliban for a while now. He has been blamed for a string of suicide attacks in Pakistan. He was also accused of being behind the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, although he has denied this.
His death is believed to be a great boost for the American and Pakistani forces in the fight against the Taliban.
Many people from Pakistan and around the world are glad to hear the news.
‘Good riddance,” says Dr. Roy from Canada on his blog.
But others remain sceptical. This blogger says: ”Now that his part has been played, sufficiently terrorizing the local yokels in preparation for the next act, the next carefully-groomed character actor can come forth and play his part.”
Are you celebrating Baitullah Mehsud’s death? Will it make a difference for Pakistan’s security and in the fight against the Taliban, or are there others waiting to take his place?