Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will chair an urgent security cabinet to consider its response to the drone strike which killed Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud Friday. Islamabad accuses the US of violating its sovereignty and killing a peace initiative after a Pakistani delegation cancelled a trip to North Waziristan Saturday for a meeting with Mehsud to discuss peace talks. The US ambassador was summoned to hear the government’s protest over the drone strike.
Meanwhile reports that Mehsud's son Khan Said Sajna had been elected by the Taliban council to succeed his father were later denied. Another frontrunner is the Swat valley chief Mullah Fazullah whose men shot and almost killed the Pakistani schoolgirl campaigner Malala Youstzai.