MIRANSHAH: Hakimullah Mehsud, chief of the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) who was killed in a US missile strike, was laid to rest here on Saturday, media reports quoting sources.
Sources said several TTP members and tribal people participated in his funeral prayers.
Mehsud was one of Pakistan’s most wanted men with a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head. He led an insurgency from a secret hideout in North Waziristan, the Taliban’s mountainous stronghold on the Afghan border.
The killing is the latest in a series of setbacks for the Pakistani Taliban, a fragmented group alligned with their Afghan namesakes who have staged attacks against armed forces and civilians in their fight to topple Pakistan’s government.
The death will likely scupper the immediate prospect of peace talks between the Taliban and the new government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who won a landslide election victory in May by promising to bring peace to Pakistan.