Is Baitullah Mehsud dead?
Some sources, quoted by CNN, say he is dead from “kidney failure”. Pakistani Taliban, though, have denied it, rejecting it as “government propaganda“. If he has died though, the prospects include a possible conflict between the tribes to control the Taliban movement:
Mehsud’s death would leave a power vacuum within the Mehsud tribe and the Pakistani Taliban, analysts say. Since there was no second in command of the Mehsud tribe, tribal splits are expected.
Mehsud’s death also is expected to spark a power struggle and the appointment of a new Taliban leader inPakistan, but whoever replaces Mehsud is not expected to have as much influence and control in the region.
So we are going to see even more unstability in the region, although, if he has finally died, it could easy the efforst to fight the Talibans.