KABUL: A probe conducted by the authorities in Pakistan has confirmed the issuance of Pakistani passport and national identity card to the ex-Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, it has been reported.
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal quoted by the local newspaper, The News, said “Nadra has conducted a departmental inquiry to unearth its officials’ involvement in issuance of a fake CNIC to Mullah Mansoor Akhtar with the name of Muhammad Wali s/o Shah Muhammad.”
Iqbal further added “As per recommendations, Deputy Assistant Director, Karachi, Faisaluddin was removed from service as major penalty.”
The latest findings further supports the claims against certain circles and officials in Pakistan for supporting the ongoing insurgency in Afghanistan by providing shelters and forms of support to the Taliban and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network.
The Afghan officials have long been insisting that the leadership councils of the Taliban and the Haqqani terrorist network are based in the key cities of Pakistan from where they plan and coordinate deadly attacks in Afghanistan.
In the meantime, the US President Donald Trump on Tuesday unveiled the new US strategy outlining the approaches for Afghanistan and South Asia as he harshly criticized Pakistan for harboring the terrorist groups besides he vowed continued support to Afghanistan and war against terrorism.
President Trump said “For its part, Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror. The threat is worse because Pakistan and India are two nuclear-armed states whose tense relations threaten to spiral into conflict. And that could happen.” -KP