Mullah Nazir’s Death has come as good news to the U.S government ,the U.S Defence Department does not only consider the death of the main militant commander in South Waziristan a good move to the U.S but also to the Pakistan forces.
Pentagon spokesman George Little did not confirm the strike, but was quoted saying ,the death of Mullah Nazir would mark a “significant blow” against militants and would be “helpful” to both U.S. and Pakistani forces.
Nazir was reported killed in a missile strike overnight on January 2-3 in South Waziristan.Local officials in Pakistan said Mullah Nazir, the main militant commander in South Waziristan, was taken out when an unmanned US aircraft fired two missiles at his vehicle at around 11 pm on Wednesday night, security and intelligence officials confirmed to The Express Tribune.
Officials said a total of seven militants, including Nazir, his deputy Ratta Khan, and commanders Kochai and Chewantee were also killed when the missiles struck the pick-up in the mountains of Sara Kanda.
The news of Nazir’s killing was announced through loudspeakers in Wana Rustham. At 11 am on Thursday the warlord’s funeral was held in Azam Warsak, which was attended by thousands of tribal people. Wana Rustham Bazaar and Azam Warsak Bazaar remained closed for the funeral. He was then buried in his hometown.
Nazir sent insurgents to Afghanistan to wage war on Nato-led troops and operated out of the tribal zone where militants linked to the Taliban and al Qaeda have bases on the Afghan border.
Nazir, one of the highest-profile drone victims in recent years, had a complicated relationship with the Pakistani government, having agreed to a peace deal with Islamabad in 2007. Pakistani officials had hoped he could counter Pakistani Taliban insurgents.
He was understood to be close to the Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network, a faction of the Afghan Taliban blamed for some of the most high-profile attacks in Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan in recent years.
“This is someone who has a great deal of blood on his hands,” Little said. “This would be a major development.”