WEB DESK: Condemning the US drone strike that purported killed Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in Balochistan, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Tuesday warned that this incident would have serious repercussion on Pakistan-US relations.
Addressing a press conference, he said that Pakistan strongly condemns the drone strike inside the Pakistani territory. — Pakistan-US relationship reaches a political nadir after drone strike in Balochistan.
“The drone attack was totally illegal, unacceptable and against the sovereignty and integrity of the country as well as against the UN charter and the international laws,” he said.
He said the US had informed Pakistan after seven hours of the incident that the Afghan Taliban chief had been killed but did not share any thing before the attack.
To a question, he said that according to intelligence reports US drone did not enter Pakistani territory but it fired a missile while flying in a neighbouring country.
The Interior Minister said that after the return of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a meeting of National Security Council (NSC) would be convened.
Based on a consultation among all stockholders the government would place a clear viewpoint over the issue before the world, he added.
He said that following the attack the security agencies and FC personnel rushed to the area and recovered a passport issued to a person, Wali Muhammad, and the wreckage of the car.
Wali Muhammad obtained a manual Pakistani identity card in 2001 and he got a computerised national identity card (CNIC) in 2002, he said. He said in 2005 the very same person applied for passport and had it renewed during 2012 in the previous government.
Last year, following intelligence reports that Wali Muhammad and many other Afghan national have been issued Pakistan ID cards, he said he ordered the cancellation of their CNICs.
About the US stance that it would target its enemies wherever they are found, he questioned why a man had become a threat for US when he was in Pakistan and why he was not targeted or considered a threat to US when he was travelling to many other countries including Iran, Afghanistan and Bahrain.
“If the US policy is to be followed, there would be a law of jungle in this world and would prove disastrous as a number of individuals who are a threat to Pakistan are living in the West,” he said. He said the US government stated Mullah Mansour was targeted because he was against the peace process.
He said: “Have they forgotten that when Afghan Taliban and Afghan government met for talks in Murree in the presence of American and Chinese observers, it was Mullah Mansour who was leading the group?” Nisar said that dialogue was the only way forward to restore peace in the region and the use of force is no solution to the Afghan Taliban issue.
The Minister said the Murree dialogue was sabotaged after the news of Mullah Omer’s death, and now when “we were seeing some hope this incident occurred, derailing the dialogue process.” According to him, the US should now decide what kind of policy it wants to pursue in the region.-Business Recorder