360° Coverage : Pakistan peace talks at risk after Mehsud's death

12 Updates
Pakistan peace talks at risk after Mehsud's death
Photo Credit: , Getty Images

Pakistan peace talks at risk after Mehsud's death

Nov 2 2013, 5:55am CDT | by IANS

Islamabad, Nov 2 (IANS) The death of Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone attack Friday derailed the government's plan to hold peace talks with Taliban militants.

Islamabad, Nov 2 — The death of Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone attack Friday derailed the government's plan to hold peace talks with Taliban militants. Mehsud was killed...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos Tweets

 
 
 

42 weeks ago

Pakistan peace talks at risk after Mehsud's death

Nov 2 2013, 5:55am CDT | by IANS

Islamabad, Nov 2 (IANS) The death of Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone attack Friday derailed the government's plan to hold peace talks with Taliban militants.

Islamabad, Nov 2 — The death of Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone attack Friday derailed the government's plan to hold peace talks with Taliban militants.

Mehsud was killed along with five senior leaders of the militant group when US drones fired missiles on a compound and their vehicles in Pakistan's North Waziristan, reported Xinhua.

The Taliban leaders came under attack after they held consultations ahead of the proposed peace talks with the government.

Latest reports suggest that nearly 20 Taliban figures, who had gathered at the compound, were killed in the attack.

Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan accused the US of sabotaging the government effort to initiate peace talks.

He said a three-member government negotiating team was scheduled to go to Waziristan for "exploratory talks" with the Taliban Saturday. However, the government cancelled the talks due to the strike.

In early June, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) withdrew its dialogue offer to the government after a US drone killed the group's deputy chief Wali-ur-Rehman Mehsud.

Taliban leaders from Mehsud tribe have so far held the group's top positions since it was founded in 2007 by Baitullah Mehsud who united all splinter groups.

Hakimullah Mehsud was made the TTP chief in August 2009 after a US drone strike killed Baitullah along with his wife in Waziristan.

Expert on tribal affairs Mehmood Shah said the peace talks would be postponed as it depended on the new TTP leadership.

Political analyst Ikram Sehgal said Mehsud's death was a serious setback for the proposed peace dialogue and his killing was seen as a huge blow to the TTP.

Senior political leaders also angrily reacted to Friday's drone strike when the government and the TTP were set to enter into the long awaited peace talks aimed at putting an end to the bloodshed.

Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, said the US does not want peace process in Pakistan.

He added that his government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province will block supplies bound for NATO-led troops in Afghanistan after approval of a resolution in the provincial assembly.

Jamiat ulema-e-Islam, a powerful Islamic party, condemned the TTP chief's killing and held the US responsible for the failure of the peace process.

Mehsud's death has also raised serious concerns about Taliban revenge attacks as the group had carried out such attacks in the past. The Pakistan government took extra security measures shortly after his death.

Hakimullah Mehsud was the third senior Taliban leader killed in US drone strikes this year.

Wali-ur-Rehman Mehsud, the TTP deputy chief, was killed in a US air raid in North Waziristan May 29, 2013. Maulvi Nazir, chief of his own faction of the Taliban, was killed in South Waziristan Jan 2, 2013.

IANS

Source: IANS

 
Update
12

Tweets

 
 
Update
11

2 days ago

Another group splits from Pakistani Taliban

Aug 27 2014 10:04am CDT | Source: Townhall's

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Several militant commanders and their followers have split from the Pakistani Taliban, the second grou ...
Source: Townhall's   Full article at: Townhall's
 

 
Update
10

1 week ago

SWAT Team Deployed After Siblings Fight with Boat Paddle

Aug 15 2014 4:29pm CDT | Source: Infowars

Residents question whether SWAT use has gone too ...
Source: Infowars   Full article at: Infowars
 

 
Update
9

2 weeks ago

Our Fathers, The Strident Feminists

Aug 15 2014 2:25pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post. My dad taught me to spit long distance. Lessons started when I was about 10. I was pretty good at it and understood it to be part of the process of setting up a good shot - as my dad also taught me how to track animals, handle a rifle, and in general survive in the wilderness on peanut butter and a gritty type of stubbornness that leads to things like lighting ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post
 

 
Update
8

2 weeks ago

Al-Qaida seeks U.S. hostage exchange

Aug 15 2014 11:25am CDT | Source: WND

(Reuters) – Al Qaeda told the family of a U.S. hostage kidnapped three years ago in Pakistan to press their government to exchange him for prisoners held by the United States, in a message posted on the Internet on Friday. Warren Weinstein, who was kidnapped in 2011 in Lahore where he worked for a U.S. consulting company, was last seen in a video recording released in December. In the latest message, al Qaeda said ...
Source: WND  Full article at: WND
 

 
Update
6

2 weeks ago

Cleric says 7 supporters killed in Pakistan clash

Aug 9 2014 4:45am CDT | Source: Townhall's

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Fighting between Pakistani security forces and supporters of a fiery anti-government cleric ki ...
Source: Townhall's   Full article at: Townhall's
 

 
Update
5

4 weeks ago

Pakistan widows, 'second' wives flee fighting but are denied aid

Aug 1 2014 3:36am CDT | Source: Townhall's

By Katharine Houreld and Saud Mehsud BANNU Pakistan (Reuters) - Thousands of women displaced by fighting in Pakistan are strug ...
Source: Townhall's   Full article at: Townhall's
 

 
Update
4

4 weeks ago

Reconciling South Asia's Hindus and Muslims

Jul 28 2014 10:03am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

A new government has taken office in India a couple of months ago, a government that was voted in to majority on the backs of a coalescence of Hindu support, the first ever instance in the country's history. The prime minister has the reputation of being right-wing, which in India means, in part, being unfavorable to the country's Muslim minority but has promised to treat all communities equally. Even so, there have been a string of anti-Muslim incidents and comments from pe ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post
 

 
Update
3

4 weeks ago

Ramadan: Religious Fervor Taken Over by Media Capitalists?

Jul 26 2014 10:55am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

For the first time in my life, I got an opportunity to spend Ramadan outside my home country, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and is considered to be the holiest month. Ranging from 29-30 days, depending on the sighting of the moon, Muslims fast -- abstaining from eating and drinking from dawn to sunset. Ramadan is not only about refraining oneself from eating and drinking, but it trains to keep a ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post
 

 
Update
2

5 weeks ago

Officials: US drone strike kills 8 in NW Pakistan

Jul 18 2014 11:19pm CDT | Source: Townhall's

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A U.S. drone fired two missiles at a compound in a northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Sa ...
Source: Townhall's   Full article at: Townhall's
 

 
Update
1

6 weeks ago

Pakistan: US missile strike kills 15 militants

Jul 16 2014 1:33am CDT | Source: Townhall's

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials say an American drone has fired four missiles at a compound in a troubled northwestern ...
Source: Townhall's   Full article at: Townhall's
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Modi government selling off Indian assets: Mamata
Kolkata, Aug 30 (IANS) Accusing the Narendra Modi led BJP government of selling out the country's assets by embracing FDI across sectors, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday warned that such policies would put Indian economy in grave crisis.
 
 
Gunmen kill two officials in Yemen
Sana'a, Aug 30 (IANS) Unidentified gunmen shot dead two officials in Yemen's southern province of Lahj Friday, a security official said.
 
 
Racial discrimination in US cause of concern: UN panel
Geneva, Aug 30 (IANS) The United Nations' Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) Friday said that racial and ethnic discrimination in the US remain a major cause of concern.
 
 
Russia to enhance nuke capability for own security: Putin
Moscow, Aug 29 (IANS/ITAR -TASS) Russia will continue building up its nuclear potential not for the purpose of intimidation but for ensuring its security, President Vladimir Putin said Friday.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Happy to call Brad Pitt my son-in-law: Voight
Los Angeles, Aug 30 (IANS) Actor Jon Voight is happy that now he can call Brad Pitt his son-in-law. Voight is happy about the wedding of his daughter Angelina Jolie to her partner of nine years and although he wasn't...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Modi government selling off Indian assets: Mamata
Kolkata, Aug 30 (IANS) Accusing the Narendra Modi led BJP government of selling out the country's assets by embracing FDI across sectors, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday warned that such policies...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Gunmen kill two officials in Yemen
Sana'a, Aug 30 (IANS) Unidentified gunmen shot dead two officials in Yemen's southern province of Lahj Friday, a security official said. "An official of the General People Congress party and another official of Lahj...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Adam Levine wants 100 kids
Adam Levine wants to have ''more kids than would be socially responsible.'' The Maroon 5 frontman, who married Namibian model Behati Prinsloo in Mexico last month, can't wait to become a father, but says they're too...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
David Beckham uninjured in motorcycle crash
David Beckham crashed his motorcycle in Los Angeles yesterday (08.28.14). The 39-year-old star, who has sons Brooklyn, 15, Romeo, 11, and Cruz, nine, and three-year-old daughter Harper with wife Victoria Beckham,...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Demi Lovato got confidence from Kim Kardashian
Demi Lovato credits Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé for helping her to feel more body confident. The 22-year-old singer claims she was ''miserable'' when she was thinner and says the 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' beauty...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Adam Brody praises Rachel Bilson's kissing skills
Adam Brody says Rachel Bilson is ''one of the all time'' greatest kissers. The 34-year-old actor, who is married to former 'Gossip Girl' star Leighton Meester, opened up about what it was like to kiss his ex-girlfriend...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Racial discrimination in US cause of concern: UN panel
Geneva, Aug 30 (IANS) The United Nations' Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) Friday said that racial and ethnic discrimination in the US remain a major cause of concern. In its concluding...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Russia to enhance nuke capability for own security: Putin
Moscow, Aug 29 (IANS/ITAR -TASS) Russia will continue building up its nuclear potential not for the purpose of intimidation but for ensuring its security, President Vladimir Putin said Friday. "We are strengthening...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Political deadlock persists in Pakistan as army plays 'facilitator' (Roundup)
Islamabad, Aug 29 (IANS) The talks between the government and representatives of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) failed to break the political deadlock between the two sides Friday...
Read more on Politics Balla