News going round is that Baitullah Mehsud was killed by an American drone attack and was buried in the same house he was killed in. Very surprising, and very convenient for the Americans indeed. Remember, when the Pakistan army had trapped him earlier in Swat, the Americans had forced the government to let him out. We all know BM was an American agent working to destabilise Pakistan. He was their greatest asset in the region. Why should they eliminate him at this stage when they need him most, as the public opinion is trying to force the Pakistani government to take a U-turn vis a vis the US? I have on authority that Mehsud was trapped again by the Pak Army and the noose was being tightened around him slowly but definitely. His chances of escape were very slim under normal operational circumstances. So the drama of his being dead and buried in a matter of hours, if not minutes, was staged. I am convinced this is a ploy by the Americans for the Pakistan Army to lower its guard, and have the terrorist slip out of the noose - to fight another day at another place. -AYAZ AHMAD, Rawalpindi, via e-mail, August 7.