Posted 3 January 2013 8:40 GMT Global Voices Online
According to reports a leading militant of the Taliban Maulvi Nazir has been killed by an American drone strike. This has caused apprehension on the social media site Twitter and blogs; about how Pakistan’s citizens and military forces may react to this news.
The News Tribe Blog reports that his vehicle was targeted:
Peshawar: Key Taliban commander Mullah Nazir was among five others killed in a US drone strike North Waziristan Agency of Pakistan’s north western tribal region during Wednesday-Thursday midnight.
Adil Shahzeb confirms it:
@adilshahzeb (Adil Shahzeb): “Maulvi Nazir was killed in Angor Adda in South Waziristan”.”We heard announcements on mosque loudspeakers announcing Nazir’s death”
Omar Quarishi, journalist and editor at the Express Tribune opines:
@omar_quraishi (Omar R quraishi): Would be fair to assume that the Pakistanis will be pissed as hell at the drone strike that killed Maulvi Nazir
@omar_quraishi (Omar R quraishi): Maulvi Nazir signed a “peace deal” with Pak Army in 2006 – According to Saleem Shahzad he had property in Kandahar
Omar Waraich, another well-known Pakistani journalist tweeted:
@OmarWaraich (Omar Waraich): Whoa. Mullah Nazir killed in drone strike. This is going to piss the Pakistan army off.
Following another tweet of his relating to the Pakistani Army’s alliance:
@OmarWaraich (Omar Waraich): Mullah Nazir had long enjoyed a non aggression pact with the Pakistan army. He was released from FC custody to take on Uzbek militants.
Ali Mustafa tweets:
@Ali_Mustafa (Ali Mustafa): The death of Maulvi Nazir can be the result of an understanding between Pakistan’s military and the Americans – it can… http://lnkd.in/fiVxz7
On the other hand Asad Munir opines:
@asadmunir38 (Asad Munir): As a reaction to death of Maulvi Nazir his followers likely to attack Army Posts/troops in Ahmedzai Wazir area of South Waziristan.
However, News Pakistan reports in their blog:
Taliban have neither denied nor confirmed the reports.