US attacked on Taliban chief to foil peace process: Pakistan Interior Minister

Last Updated: Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 20:44

Zee Media Bureau

Islamabad: Pakistan`s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Saturday alleged that the US drone strike was carried out on Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud to sabotage peace talks.

He further said that Pakistan will review its ties with US after the drone attack.

A US drone strike had on Friday killed Mehsud in North Waziristan. He, who was in his mid-30s, was one of the most wanted men.

In August 2009, Mehsud led the Pakistani Taliban after a drone strike killed the previous leader, his mentor.

Despite the fact that Pakistan government and other political leaders are condemning the recent US drone strike, security analysts earlier in the day welcomed the strike saying the slain leader was responsible for several devastating attacks.

"This is good news for Pakistan, a good thing. He was the most wanted terrorist who caused serious damage, death and destruction to Pakistan. He was a ruthless killer," Maj Gen (retired) Athar Abbas, the former chief military spokesman said.

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan too condemned the attack and called for stopping NATO supply trucks bound for Afghanistan.

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First Published: Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 20:44

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