The Chieftian of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Hakimullah Mehsud, has been killed in a drone strike, and with him have drowned expectations of peace in the region.
Just when a Pakistan Government delegation was to leave for talks with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, a US Drone strike targeted a vehicle used by TTP Chief Hakimullah Mehsud with Hell Fire missiles in North Waziristan and killed Meshud with four accomplices.
"A remotely piloted US aircraft fired two missiles at a house in the Dandi Darpakhel area, one kilometre north of Miramshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan, around 7:15 PM" a Security Official told.
Officially, the Government was quick to denounce the deadly drone strike which, analysts believe, could scuttle an embryonic peace process with the TTP.
Since 2004, the United States has always conspired to sabotage Pakistan's efforts to hold peace talks with the insurgents using Drone Strikes.