Yesterday, it was just a rumour:
The foreign minister of Pakistan, Shah Mehmud Qureshi, has confirmed reports that Pakistan’s most wanted militant, Baitullah Mehsud, has been killed in a suspected US drone strike.
Analysts think that Mehsud started developing close ties with al-Qaeda about a year ago. Brigadier Shah again: “He was considered as the number one al-Qaeda man in Pakistan,” said Shah. “But the US government was not convinced – it did not target the area where Baitullah Mehsud was at first. It is only six months ago that the Americans became more convinced that he appeared to be heading the al-Qaeda efforts against the Pakistan government.”
Experts believe that Baitullah Mehsud’s successor will need a considerable amount of time to establish his authority over the thousands of Taliban members in northwest Pakistan.
Expect a great infighting betwen the tribes now.