On August 7, 2009, AP reported from Dera Ismail Khan that Baitullah Mehsud, Chief of the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban-i-Pakistan, had been killed in a US missile attack. Kafayatullah, a senior Taliban commander and aide to Mehsud, also telephoned AP and said: "I confirm that Baitullah Mehsud and his wife died in the American missile strike in South Waziristan." Kafayatullah refused to give any further details. Earlier Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters in Islamabad that intelligence reports showed that Mehsud had been killed in the US drone strikes in his father-in-law's house at Lada village in South Waziristan. He said that authorities will travel to the bombed site to confirm the report. Moreover, the US media has confirmed that CIA had ordered the drone missile attack on the suspicion of Mehsud's presence there. US and Pakistani authorities are still investigating reports of his death. There is no doubt that Mehsud's death would represent a significant victory in Pakistan's bid to eliminate terrorism. Mehsud was a militant commander. Well funded and with over twenty thousand trained well equipped and motivated militant fighters, his motive was to destabilise the Pakistani polity and government. He was responsible for over one hundred suicide bombings, and scores of ambushes and attacks across Pakistan. Thousands of Pakistani men, women and children have died as a result of the deadly bombings and attacks ordered by him. He was responsible for several assassinations. He is suspected of masterminding the December 2007 assassination of Mohtrama Benazir Bhutto, though he denied it. However, Mehsud did own the bombing of the huge Benazir's welcome rally in Karachi on October 18, 2008, in which 150 PPP workers were killed and over 500 injured. Furthermore, he accepted the responsibility for all the suicide bombings in Islamabad and other places. Earlier CIA officials in Washington claimed that Mehsud's death "would be a major victory." Mehsud was a top priority to be eliminated for the Pakistani and American establishments. Washington had put US$ 5 million bounty on Mehsud. Although he was an elusive fighter but when you kill men, women and children ruthlessly and without mercy, you cannot escape Allah's punishment. The writer is a retired air marshal