PESHAWAR- Despite government claims that Taliban leader Bait Ullah Mehsud had been killed in an alleged US drone attack, confusion still persists as certain quarters were still reluctant to accept it without getting solid evidences. However, some circles were foreseeing serious impact of the news about Baitullahs death on Waziristan situation and trend of militancy and terrorismin the area. No one has so far confirmed assassination of Baitullah Mehsud, was reply of JUI(F) leader Senator Maulana Saleh Shah when questioned Saturday about situation in Waziristan after Baitullah Mehsuds purported death. Abdul Rahim Mehsud, another tribal elder from South Waziristan Abdul Rahim Mehsud, when questioned gave the same answer. However, leaders of several other groups and parties have neither confirmed nor contradicted news pertaining to Mehsuds death. Meanwhile, Malik Turikistan Betani, a rival of Baitullah Mehsud and chief of Tank Peace Committee has apprehended disintegration of Taliban militants. Baitullah was a dictator and was leading the group at gunpoint, he remarked, adding Now when Baitullah is no more, his loyalists would fight against each other. He claimed that differences were emerging amongst Baitullahs followers over deciding successor to Baitullah. He said that consultations for a successor to Baitullah were in progress since previous Wednesday. Malik Abdul Rahim Mehsud from South Waziristan, who leading the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) his area, has also said that until confirmation of Baitllah Mehsuds death no one could go for predictions regarding future. He, however, said that issue of Waziristan couldnt be resolved with the death of an individual. He said that it was high time for the government to initiate steps for finding out a long-standing solution to the conflict, which was possible only through peaceful and political means. Former Member of National Assembly and JUI (F) leader from South Waziristan Maulana Merajud Din said, future depends on the attitude of both government and Taliban militants. He was of the view that problems could easily be resolved whenever the two sides kept in mind interests of the country and its people. In this respect, he suggested convening a meeting of the Grand Jirga, which, according to him, could go for finding out ways and means for a durable solution and an end to terrorism. He said that such a jirga must be represented by leaders of socio-politico and religious circles from all over NWFP and adjacent tribal areas. Ironically, Senator Saleh Shah, despite his reluctance to accept death of Baitullah Mehsud in alleged US drone attack said, Taliban Tehrik is not depending on an individual, but it is a movement, which he said would continue. He also claimed that Taliban militants would remain united and they would not be affected. Jamaat-i-Islami provincial Amir and former NWFP Senior Minister Sirajul Haq said Taliban movement would not be affected by death of Baitullah Mehsud. He said that Taliban would continue their activities. Agencies add: A fellow commander in the Taliban insisted that Baitullah Mehsud, the movements leader, was alive, the BBC reported on Saturday, rejecting government claims he had been eliminated in a US drone strike. Hakimullah Mehsud, one of the most powerful commanders in the tribal region, described reports of Mehsuds death as ridiculous and said it was the handiwork of the intelligence agencies, the BBC website said. The news regarding our respected chief is propaganda by our enemies, he said. We know what our enemies want to achieve - its the joint policy of the [Pakistani intelligence service] ISI and FBI - they want our chief to come out in the open so they can achieve their target. He said the Pakistani leader had decided to adopt the tactics of Osama bin Laden and stay silent. He said he would issue a message in the next few days. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Friday the government was pretty certain that Mehsud perished in the missile blitz on Wednesday that also killed his second wife, a brother, seven bodyguards and destroyed his car. Hakimullah, who controls fighters in the Orakzai, Kurram and Khyber tribal regions, is regarded as one of the leading contenders to replace Baitullah Mehsud, who had a $5 million US bounty on his head. There was no independent confirmation of Hakimullahs claim, the BBC said. The Pakistan government concluded from strong information gathered by intelligence agencies that Mehsud was dead, though it lacked physical evidence as the missile strike took place deep in Taliban-held territory in the South Waziristan tribal region. It is pretty certain now that he is dead, Qureshi told BBC Radio. Various government agencies have reported so, his own followers have said so, there are people who have been to the funeral and are witness to the burial. A senior official who requested anonymity went further. Its 100 percent certain now, a senior member of the Pakistan government told Reuters, explaining that the intelligence services had obtained confirmation of Mehsuds death from family members. In the United States, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters Washington could not confirm Mehsud had been killed, but added: There seems to be a growing consensus among credible observers that he is indeed dead. Mehsud declared himself leader of the Taliban, grouping around 13 factions in the northwest, in late 2007 and his fighters have staged a wave of suicide attacks inside Pakistan and on Western forces across the border in Afghanistan. Qureshi anticipated the death of Mehsud would leave a void in the Taliban movement that could lead to divisions. With him gone, I think there is going to be an internal struggle and disarray in their ranks, I think it will set in demobilisation. It is a great success for the forces that are fighting extremism and terrorism in Pakistan, Qureshi said. Military spokesman Major-General Athar Abbas challenged the Taliban to prove their leader was still alive. Anybody can say anything... let them prove something, he said. Rahimullah Yousufzai, an expert on Taliban and tribal affairs, said the government should release electronic intercepts to back up its claim that Mehsud is dead, or the Taliban should issue a video to show hes alive. Ill be cautious believing claims by the government or the Taliban as both have made claims without evidence, he said.