As a drone kills a top Pakistan militant, the Taliban is already denying the death of Waliur Rehman.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, before the drone killing a top Pakistani militant in the Taliban was reported, a US drone strike killed seven people in Pakistan on Wednesday. It was the first apparent drone strike in the country since a May 11 election where the use of the unmanned aircraft was a major issue.
The death of Waliur Rehman by a US drone strike would be quite a blow to the Taliban. The United States has maintained a $5 million bounty on Waliur Rehman, who is accused of being responsible, or at least behind, hundreds of shootings and bombings including the death of seven Americans in the CIA in a 2009 suicide attack.
There is an open question on whether the drone killed the top Pakistan militant. Pakistani officials claim they saw Waliur Rehman’s body in Miran Shah.
Ahsanullah Ahsan, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, denied the reports of a drone killing a top Pakistan militant in their organization:
“This appears to me to be false news. I don’t have any such information.”
The news that a drone killed a top Pakistan militant comes in the same week as a Texan drone bill that allows law enforcement to use unmanned drones for surveillance. The Rand Paul filibuster made the news months ago when the Senator argued that unmanned drones should not be used to target Americans. Meanwhile, the military is working on an unmanned fighter jet drone.
As a drone kills a top Pakistan militant, what do you think the United States policy on unmanned drones should be?