There is outrage in Pakistan dealing with a recent drone strike which killed a Taliban leader. On Nov. 2, 2013,
The Guardian reported Pakistan is on high alert due to this drone strike. After a CIA drone attack killed the leader of the country's Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, in the tribal areas, Pakistan's security forces were put on high alert.
A government minister in Pakistan has said the drone strike by an unmanned aircraft has destroyed attempts to hold peace talks with the heavily armed militants, which began this week. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, who is the interior minister, has said, "This is not just the killing of one person, it's the death of all peace efforts." After leaving a meeting at a mosque in the Dande Darpa Khel area of North Waziristan, Mehsud and five other Taliban militants were killed and two others were wounded in the drone attack.
The Washington Post has also reported Pakistan is accusing the U.S. of derailing peace talks with the killing of Mehsud with a drone. The drone strike has caused strained relations between the United States and Pakistan, whose new prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, had announced that his government was working towards talks aimed at reaching a negotiated settlement with the Taliban. Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says the United States is carrying out a conspiracy aimed at sabotaging the peace talks.’
This is a very difficult situation for Sharif. He himself could be facing a serious security threat in a nation where political assassinations have occurred often. However, Sharif and his supporters should be comforted in knowing that civilian activists in the United States and worldwide do not support the U.S. government drone strikes. His point is well taken by activists, for after all what if Pakistan hit the home of anti-Pakistani Indian militants in New York City with a drone! This would likely set off a literal war between the United States and Pakistan, would it not?