Nadiya Aamer I miss the old times when news was what we read in the paper at breakfast. When the newspaper headlines were simple and nothing out of the ordinary and pictures in the print were of ribbon cutting and the like. Simple and uncomplicated; the way news used to be and the way life apparently was just a decade or so ago. I miss the old times for their simplicity; when someone died all that was said was a prayer and when someone horrid died all that was said was "thank God." I remember when General Zia died in the 'accident' we all heaved a sigh of silent relief, believing that now positive change could not be stopped, that it was a matter of time alone. Some stories are repeated again and again and only the faces change. I am not very certain how horrid Baitullah Mehsud was and on a scale of zero to ten, where does he fit with the rest of the horrid horrible (Muslim) men in the post 9/11 scenario. The news reached me first hand from a friend who called me and declared that he was dead in an excited tone. It was then a tussle between umpteen news channels claiming he was dead but the Interior Minister Rehman Malik was not sure yet so we were waiting for a confirmation. While I waited for this to happen I hit Google for some affirmative news and got 10,700.000 hits in .45 seconds for Baitullah Mehsud including the word 'dead'. This did not include the hits I got in the images section for the gentleman wearing his hair longer than required. Meanwhile FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi confirmed he was dead, while Rehman Malik was still thinking this one out. Rumours were that he had to prove Mehsud was dead. I wonder how he could do so if the Obama Administration was not sure if it was him or not and since it was a missile attack and one with a drone, how would the Pakistani government produce evidence like a body to show it was Mehsud. As if that was not confusing enough, they produced the body of one of his wives from the rubble where nothing should have remained. Finally, the United States government suggested that there was a 'strong indication' but they were not 'certain'. However, would like to believe that he was dead since the news of Baitullah Mehsud's death had been made public after verifying for two days (with the local Sheppard?) and the Pakistani government, US officials, NATO and also, the media sources in the Waziristan and Oarakzai Agency were quite sure that Mehsud was 'no more'. I wonder what these people smoke before giving out official statements such as these. Who knows? The more you want to know the slimmer the chances become of conviction. I miss the good old days. I really do. That is why I do not watch television anymore. I have not subscribed to a newspaper and right now my children have returned home with a big Pakistani flag which we will put up on the roof where everyone can see it. We love you Pakistan and will stand by you no matter where the tide takes us. The writer is a freelance columnist E-mail: