The Pakistani people may not know much about the mastermind of the APS massacre, but it is safe to say that never has the nation collectively hated anyone as much as the vile man, Taliban commander Umar Mansour. Reports have confirmed that he has been killed in a US drone strike in Afghanistan along with another militant leader Qari Saifullah. The only regret now is that it was not Pakistanis who would capture and sentence him to his inevitable fate, but the infamous US drone, that is condemned when breaches our sovereignty yet applauded when kills our enemies.

The Tehreek-i-Taliban Geedar group commander who has also claimed the deadly attack on Bacha Khan University where 18 students lost their lives, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsadda was the de facto operational head of TTP in KP and his death will no doubt be a blow to the TTPs operations in Pakistan. The drone strike that killed him will perhaps be met with silence from Pakistan even though the implications of his death will reach across its borders from Afghanistan. We have been quick to condemn the death of Mullah Mansour in Balochistan at the hands of the US drone because he was not theirs to kill. Will we extend the same objection this time or is it acceptable now because the piece of land where it happened doesn’t lie within our borders?

While congressmen are gathering on Capitol Hill today to deliberate upon Pakistan’s status as America’s friend or foe, the US administration is displaying a softer stance by praising the efforts by the Pakistan Army in the Zarb-e-Azb operation in FATA. While the voices of discontent, suspicion and mistrust can be heard loudly from the US Congress who pulled back the F-16 deal, the administration realises the important role Pakistan has yet to play if they continue to keep US troops in Afghanistan - maybe the only silver lining on the cloud of Pak-US relations.

Pakistan may not have been completely successful in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table - though other factors play a more significant role in this failure – it may have to be less critical of the drone attacks that are conveniently taking care of its enemies no matter where they choose to hide. Regardless of the history of the creation of the Taliban and the US role in it, as of this moment, two hunted Taliban masterminds have been able to escape our own law enforcement agencies and have been handled by the US. How do we like the drones now?