Pakistan registers U.S. drone strike case that killed Afghan Taliban chief

Police in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province Sunday registered a case against unnamed American officials for the U.S. drone strike that killed Afghan Taliban leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, and driver of a taxi in which he was travelling on May 21.

Akhtar Mansoor, who had been living in Pakistan as Muhammad Wali, was killed in the drone strike in Noshki district as he crossed the border from Iran, officials said.

The police registered the case on a complaint by Muhammad Qasim, brother of the cab driver, Muhammad Azam, who was also killed in the attack.

The report did not mention any American by name but the applicant said several American officials have publicly claimed responsibility for the attack and action should be taken against them.

Police in the region said that terrorism sections have also been included in the case.

“My brother did not have links with any terrorist group. He was an innocent and a poor man, the father of four children and the lone earner in his family,” the brother said in his application.

Azam told the police his brother would run his personal taxi between the border town of Taftan and Quetta and an individual had hired the taxi from the border, who was later identified as Muhammad Wali.

“The America officials have intruded into Pakistan and killed my brother and another man in the drone strike. I do not know the name of the American officials but their names have been circulated in the media. I request legal action against those responsible,” Azam said.

He said he rushed to site as he received information that the vehicle of his brother was blown up in an explosion in Noshki area.

“I saw the burnt and destroyed car of my brother as I arrived at the scene while the police had shifted the body of my brother and the passenger.”

The Interior Ministry said on Saturday that two officers have been arrested for helping the Afghan leader get fake Pakistani identity card and Pakistani citizenship for his second wife and children. (Xinhua)