Pakistan News : Hakimullah Mehsud, chief of the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) who was killed in a US missile strike, was buried on Saturday.
Sources said several TTP members and tribal people participated in his funeral prayers.
Mehsud was killed when his vehicle was hit after he attended a meeting of Taliban leaders, a Pakistani Taliban fighter said. His bodyguard and driver were also killed.
Mehsud took over as leader of the Pakistani Taliban in 2009. The group’s two previous leaders were killed in attacks by U.S. missile-firing drone aircraft.
The Pakistani Taliban are an umbrella group of militant factions allied with the Afghan Taliban and battling the Pakistani state in the hope of imposing Islamist rule.
They have killed thousands of Pakistani civilians and numerous members of the security forces. They claimed the killing of an army general in September.
Mehsud has been reported killed several times before only to emerge alive later. But a senior Pakistani Taliban commander confirmed the killing on Friday and a fighter said on Saturday his body had been recovered from his destroyed vehicle, and was “damaged but recognisable”.
In Washington, two U.S. officials also confirmed Mehsud’s death in a CIA drone strike. A White House spokeswoman said he was not in a position to confirm the report but if true, it would be a serious loss for the Pakistani Taliban.
Pakistan’s new government had promised to try to stop the violence through peace talks with the Taliban and reacted angrily to the strike.
“It is an attempt by the U.S. to sabotage peace talks,” said Shah Farman, a spokesman for the government of the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He said provincial legislators would pass a resolution on Monday to cut NATO supply lines into landlocked Afghanistan. A main one passes through the nearby Khyber Pass. Agencies