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DERA ISMAIL KHAN: The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) confirmed to on Thursday that the deputy leader of the militant organisation, Waliur Rehman, was killed in a US-led drone strike on Wednesday and further announced that the talks with the government stood suspended.

TTP also announced that the killing would be avenged.

“We are suspending all kinds of contacts and revoke the peace talks offer with the government, soon we shall be responding with full force," TTP spokeperson Ehsanullah Ehsan told adding that,“on one hand the Pakistani government is advocating the mantra of peace talks, and on the other it is colluding with the United States and killing the Taliban leadership."

Earlier Pakistani intelligence officials had said the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan's deputy leader was buried at an undisclosed location after his death in a US drone strike.

Khan Said aka Sajana Mehsud was reportedly nominated to succeed Rehman as the deputy of the TTP. Said is believed to be a close aide of the former deputy, Rehman, who was killed in a US-led drone strike on Wednesday.

When asked about the replacement Ehsan declined to comment and said, “No I can not confirm yet, who will be taking over, the Taliban shura has not decided about it yet,” he added

The US had accused Rehman of involvement in a 2009 suicide attack in Afghanistan that killed seven CIA employees.

Rehman's killing could rattle the incoming government’s goal of negotiating with the Taliban.

Rehman had previously been considered amenable to talks.

Two intelligence officials say informants on the ground told them Rehman was buried Wednesday night. Two militants claimed they attended the funeral. All four spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Fazal May 30, 2013 01:58pm

Despite the controversy over drone attacks on Pakistani soil by the US, it is imperative that these attacks are indirectly 'helping' Pakistan get rid of the 'evil' elements from it's soil. Talibaan have killed scores of innocent Pakistanis in Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar and they must be rooted-out from our beloved country. Hats off to Drone attacks!

Azzy May 30, 2013 02:00pm

One fails to understand all the noise The Government of Pakistan and some segments make about drone attacks. is Pakistan a sovereign state. Does Pakistan have sovereignty over the tribal areas? neither seem to be true.

The criminals who are using the good name of Islam to carry out kidnap for ransom, bank robberies, Gun running smuggling and trafficking in drugs are merely using this as a convenient cover. They are the enemies of Pakistan. funded by those who are against the very existence of Pakistan, We remember the uncircumcised terrorists who were killed in Wiziristan some years ago. We should be happy that one more enemy is dead. rather then make

Thank you America

immid May 30, 2013 02:03pm

Inna Lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un

usman May 30, 2013 05:36pm

Lets hope he is in front of Allah to answer the brutal murders he has committed in his life.

Allah is the biggest judge.

Mustafa May 30, 2013 07:21pm

@Fazal: If Pakistani leaders in government and army are reluctant to eliminate militancy and terrorism in Pakistan, Allah has His plan and He will send superior power to deal with it, Insha Allah.

Ahmer May 30, 2013 08:10pm

Good riddance. This terrorist got what he deserved.

jg May 30, 2013 08:53pm

great news. now we can develop concensus on hunting them down once and for all

Khalid May 30, 2013 09:41pm

Another one bites the dust..

Asif Omer May 30, 2013 09:51pm

Killer of thousands of Pakistanis faces justice -- finally!

LATIF May 30, 2013 10:00pm

We hope Drone attacks will endure and deteriorate presence of TTP from all over Pakistan, TTP been targeting acquitted Shia

Haris Chaudhry May 30, 2013 10:38pm

another down.. 500 more to go. Let's take all of these murderous thugs and drone them out !

AK May 31, 2013 02:33am

A good taste of his own medicine.

Pakistani government needs to exert full pressure from all sides before even getting to a negotiating table. Give these murderers no room to settle down, regroup, get financing, create safe havens. No one likes to go to negotiation from a position of weakness. These goons take money from foreigners to blow innocent Pakistani men, women and children and they slaughter our soldiers while proclaiming truce. How many innocent Pakistanis have died from drones and how many innocent Pakistanis have bene killed by TTP?

TTP should not be allowed to call themself Muslims or even use Muslim name or their tribe's name that they disgrace.

Bill Gates May 31, 2013 04:37am

@Fazal: The day EHSAN is dead I will pray to Allah to send him to hell to burn his soul all his life in Hell

Shiraz May 31, 2013 10:51am

Not good at all. Thanks to the US Pakistan will now once again spiral down in bloodshed and instability. Pakistan must hold talks with those elements that are willing to lay their arms and become part of the mainstream. There are indeed elements that can be persuaded. In any case, peace talks are worth it. In fact they are a must no matter what the outcome. Holding peace talks and persuading militants will make the job a lot easier in tackling violence and bloodshed. The Americans are purposefully creating more instability in Pakistan. Pakistan must start thinking about its interests first.