Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a US drone strike in Waziristan on November 1, according to intelligence personnel and military commanders.
Pakistan’s government issued a statement through its foreign ministry saying it “strongly condemned the US drone strike”, calling such actions “counter-productive”.
On the streets of Islamabad, many residents were also critical, especially because of the implications for Pakistan’s efforts to negotiate a peace settlement with the Taliban.
One local said: “It makes the peace dialogue process with the Taliban difficult. Now that Mehsud’s been killed, they won’t be prepared any more to have a dialogue with us. So how can we carry on with it? The dialogue can only happen when there is peace from both sides, and when there are no drone strikes.”
Another complained: “Drone strikes are doing us no good. In fact, the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud in such an attack is harmful for our country, as well as for Muslims.”