ACCORDING to media reports, militant commander Maulvi Nazir has been killed in a US drone strike in South Waziristan. Killing of Maulvi Nazir in the drone attack is astonishing for the people in Pakistan.

He was the only commander who was supporting government efforts against militant groups and he was considered as the government’s big supporter in the area. Only recently, he survived a suicide attack from his rival Hakimullah Mehsud group. He ordered removal of all militants belonging to Hakimullah, most of them are involved in heinous crimes against the government.

Maulvi Nazir had also signed a peace agreement with the government and had agreed that he would not allow militants to use his area against the government. For the last several years, his area was calm and peaceful. As compared to North Waziristan, no major attack was reported against government forces. His death is a big blow to peace efforts in the area and revenge attacks can make things worse in future.

According to observers, timing of the recent drone attack is very significant. Only a few days ago, militants offered peace negotiations to the government. The government and the Pakistan army are also seeking a peaceful solution to end 10 years of bloodshed in the country. They have agreed to negotiate with militants to control growing militancy and rising suicide attacks in the country.

Some years ago a peace agreement with other militants suddenly collapsed after the killing of another militant commander Naik Mohammad and killing of several schoolchildren after an attack on a religious seminary in North Waziristan.

K. UMER FAROOQ     Jeddah

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Zulfqar
January 7, 2013 10:56 am
According to this Letter Maulvi Nazir was good Taliban!
Ejaz Azeem
January 7, 2013 11:50 am
US is trying every possible way to negotiate with Hard Core Taliban in Afghanistan, may be it's offer of political role or release of Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay. On the other hand, US is trying to sabotage any effort by Pakistan Government to reach in peace with local militants. A open hypocrisy and shameful silence of UN and world community.
Ahmed j
January 7, 2013 10:33 am
Correct understanding of the situation by K. Umer Farooq. I want to add more that under Maulvi Nazir all the foreign fighters who had taken refuge in his area were forcefully flushed out of N.Waziristan and areas in S. Waziristan where Wazir tribesmen are in majority. The foreign fugitives were later accepted my Mahsud tribesmen who are also Wazir's rivals. There is another important factor to note that Wazirs support girls education and they have never condemned or blown girls schools in their area. Also to note, US spokesperson George Little's naive comments that he is ignorant if Maulvi Nazir was targeted but further said that if the report is true it would be "a significant blow" to extremist groups in the region. The timings, target and comments raises questions and speaks something different. Further, Fazlullah is hiding in Afghanistan's Nuristan province for the last three years. Why cannot drone hit him there?
pashtunyar
January 7, 2013 6:59 pm
Good riddance!
Nasir
January 7, 2013 6:06 pm
there is no good Taliban. they should follow pakistani law unconditionaly and lay down their weapon.we should now allow any Lashkar to so called defend. we have our Army, getting huge salary from Taxpayers money to defend pakistan.
pathanoo
January 7, 2013 5:15 pm
The writer is painting Mullah Nazir as some kind of a benevolent, harmless figure who should be loved. Has the author of the article fogotten that he was killing or helping kill Americans, International Force soldiers and innocent civilians in Afghanistan. If you kill or threaten to kill ohters, don't be surprised they will attempt to kill you. The Americans finally got him.
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