Islamabad, Nov 2: Pakistan has offered rewards worth $5 million dollars for information of leading to the caputre of Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud and 18 lieutenants.
The rewards were offered in an government advertisement on the front page of The News daily and flashed on Pakistani television channels on Sunday night, Nov 1.
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants have been blamed for some of the worst attacks in Pakistan. They have killed about 2,400 people in a deadly wave of carnage over the past two years.
"Anyone who captures these people dead or alive or provides concrete information, the government will award them a cash reward," the advertisement said.
"The activities of these brutal people, who have no fear of God, are bringing a bad name -- not only to the Mehsud tribe but all tribesmen... and also give a bad name to Pakistan in the whole world," it said.
The decision came after at least 118 people were killed last Wednesday, Oct 28 when a massive car bomb flattened a market street in the northwest city of Peshawar.