Pakistan’s interior minister has accused the US of “scuttling” efforts towards peace talks with the Taliban by killing the militants’ leader in a drone strike.
The development comes as the Taliban quickly moved to replace Hakimullah Mehsud, who was one of Pakistan’s most-wanted men, vowing a wave of revenge suicide bombings.
Mehsud’s death, which was confirmed by a senior Taliban commander, happened hours before a meeting between a team of religious clerics and Taliban officials in North Waziristan, with a view to start peace talks.
Pakistan has denounced the killing as a US bid to derail planned peace talks, summoning the US ambassador for an explanation of the fatal attack.
Link to article: www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-03/pakistan-reacts-angrily-to-us-drone-strike-that-killed-taliban-/5066238