The reported death of the leader of the Pakistani Taliban Hakimullah Mehsud leaves the predatory and feared militia effectively decapitated, with its fighters on the run from the Pakistani army and public sympathy running low.
Pakistan’s army chief said on Monday that Pakistan wants a “peaceful, stable and friendly” Afghanistan as its western neighbour and that achieving this goal would guarantee his country the “strategic depth” it once sought by supporting the
Islamist Taliban regime in Kabul.
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