The prospects of ending 12 years of pro-Taliban militancy through negotiations in Pakistan are dying down after a US drone attack killed Wali u Rehman Mehsud, the deputy chief of pro-Taliban militants controlling parts of the tribal region in the country’s northwest.
In retaliation, the militants have said they will withdraw their earlier offer to hold talks with the incoming government of Muslim League- Nawaz Sharif.
The pro-Taliban militants have bSlamed the government, in a reference to the country’s military for conspiring to get their leader killed through a US drone strike.
Walir Rehman was known to be relatively moderate and against carrying out attacks in Pakistan. He was in favor of holding peace talks with the incoming government to bring to an end years-long insurgency that has led to the killing of thousands of people in Pakistan since 9/11.
The pro-Taliban militants have vowed to resume attacks which had substantially reduced after the party of incoming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif won the national elections last month (June).
Sharif’s party is still hopeful to convince angry pro-Taliban militants to hold negotiations.
Political parties discretely supporting US drone attacks during last five years, lost the national elections last month.
Opposition parties are now mounting pressure on incoming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to order Pakistan’s Air Force, after taking the oath of office next week, to shoot down US assassination drones operating in the country’s tribal areas. Sharif’s party seeks to convene a meeting of other political parties to decide on a joint course of action on how to deal with Washington’s continued violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty. .
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