U.S Informed Pakistan’s Civil and Military Leadership about the Killing of Mullah Akhtar Mansour

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: After United States and Afghan Intelligence service, the National Directorate for Security (NDS), Pakistan Government officially confirmed the death of Mullah Akhtar Mansour Afghan Taliban supreme commander in U.S drone strike in remote area near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area. The hesitant Afghan Taliban also finally confirmed the death of their leader. Before being hit by Drone strike Afghan Taliban head just entered form Pakistan&Iran Tafton Border. Now many analyst are raising questions did Iranian Intelligence shared or provided the information’s of Mullah Akhtar Mansour whereabouts to CIA?

The attack to kill Mullah Mansor Akhtar occurred after almost five years when United States killed Al-Qaeda chief Late Osama bin Laden in may 2011 in a garrison city of Abotabad in a US Navy Seals raid.

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The CIA controlled drone strike came just days after representatives from the US, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan held another round of negotiations of Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) meeting on May 18 in Islamabad aiming to see the options of reviving stalled direct peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

According to the statement issued by the Foreign Office today, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif were informed about the drone strike that likely killed Mansour. United States foreign Secretary John Kerry said the leaders of both Pakistan and Afghanistan were notified of the air strike but he declined to elaborate on the timing of the notifications, which he said included a telephone call from him to the Pakistani Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, DAWN News reported.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday criticized the drone strike which the US carried out in Balochistan and after the attack foreign office summoned US ambassador to Pakistan David Hale and protested with him saying United States has violated its sovereignty with a drone strike against the leader of the Afghan Taliban.

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The office of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani confirmed the strike but Afghan government Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, however, issued the highest level confirmation on Sunday that Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour had been killed in an attack by U.S. drones in Pakistan a day earlier, reported by Khamma Press.

The Hesitant Afghan Taliban initially were neither confirming nor denying the death of their supreme leader, a member of the Quetta Shura, the Afghan Taliban’s leadership council, told AFP that Mansour had been unreachable on his mobile phone since Saturday night. But latter a senior commander with the Afghan Taliban said Mansour was killed in a US drone strike. Mullah Abdul Rauf told The Associated Press Sunday that died in the Drone strike.

“Taliban leader Akhtar Mansour was killed in a drone strike in Quetta, Pakistan, at 04:30 pm yesterday. His car was attacked in Dahl Bandin,” Abdullah said in a tweet, referring to a district in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province just over the border with Afghanistan.

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According to Dawn News Local government officials in Ahmad Wal said a destroyed taxi belonging to man called Mohammad Azam had been recovered. The driver’s brother Mohammad Qasim said he did not know the identity of the passenger but that he had been on a long drive with a customer from Afghanistan.

An official from Nushki district said he recovered a passport and ID card for a man who closely resembles Mansoor from a bag that was blown out of the destroyed car. According to the passport he went by the name Muhammad Wali and was a resident of Killa Abdullah in Balochistan. The document showed that earlier on Saturday he had crossed into Pakistan from Iran at the Taftan border post, some 450km from where he was killed. He first entered Iran on March 28 immigration stamps showed.

The Writer is Editor Daily Online News Paper “The Fortress”

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