Mullah Mansour or Muhammad Wali: Fake name but genuine credentials on CNIC

Published: May 24, 2016
Taliban chief also owned flat in Karachi since 2012. PHOTO: TWITTER

Taliban chief also owned flat in Karachi since 2012. PHOTO: TWITTER

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: While Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor may have used a fake name to obtain a Pakistani identity card, his credentials with the authorities are all genuine, verifiable on specific helpline numbers.

Mansoor was reportedly killed in Balochistan in a US drone strike on May 21. A Pakistani CNIC and passport found at the site identified the victim as Muhammad Wali, a resident of Karachi.

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansour killed in US drone strike in Pakistan

The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), which issues computerised identities to Pakistani citizens, also facilitates verifying the basic credentials via short messaging services (SMS).

When forwarded Wali’s identity card number 54400-0563462-9 at 7000 – a service to verify the CNIC holder’s name, the reply is: Muhammad Wali, son of Shah Muhammad.

The voter registration details of any CNIC number can be obtained through a text message to 8300. Wali’s number shows he was a registered voter with the serial number 38, block code 454050104, ward number 31 in Chaman Municipal Corporation union council of Killa Abdullah district.

While getting an identity card is a struggle for many Pakistani citizens, especially those living in districts other than their permanent address, the fact that Mullah Mansoor was able to get a Pakistani CNIC as well as a passport raises quite a few questions.

According to the “current address” mentioned on the CNIC, Wali lived in Flat Number B-016 of Bismillah Terrace, Plot Number FL-03, Karachi. Interestingly, the address does not include the area of this residential building, which is actually located in Gulzar-e-Hijri, Karachi.

A raid at the address in Karachi provided clues to the slain militant’s past as well.

A suspected militant associated with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was among three people arrested in a raid by intelligence personnel at Bismillah Terrace near Sohrab Goth, a police source told The Express Tribune. The men were identified as Jabbar alias Charya, Haji Yousuf and Shaiq.

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Wali had purchased the property from Jabbar, who had been associated with a political party but later joined the TTP, the officer said.

“Jabbar sold the flat to Wali in 2012 through Yousuf, an estate agent,” he said on the condition of anonymity. “Wali’s family only stayed for two to three days in the flat and then left. Wali then approached the estate agent to help rent out or sell the flat.”

Since then, Shaiq had been living with his family on rent there, he added.

Another source said Shaiq and Yousuf were later released while Jabbar was shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 24th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • nadeem
    May 24, 2016 - 9:22AM

    Mullah Mansoor was able to get a Pakistani CNIC as well as a passport raises quite a few questions

    No it doesn’t raise any questions for us ordinary Pakistanis, who know that our Establishment protects Afghan Taliban while fighting Pakistani Taliban ( go figure why one section of a snake’s body is protected while simultaneously another section of the same snake’s body is being fried ). Getting them fake-genuine papers is a tiny, tiny task for these guardians of Pakistan’s sovereignty. Recommend

  • Ali
    May 24, 2016 - 10:02AM

    His body was charred beyond recognition but his papers miraculously survived intact. Recommend

  • zoro
    May 24, 2016 - 11:19AM

    Wonder why ??? and HOW ???Recommend

  • Truth
    May 24, 2016 - 12:37PM

    @Ali: Yes living things like humans can’t bear drone attacks and die..but non living things (like his belongings – passport, documents) can with-stand it to survive.
    Just like OBL “documents survived” , bullet shot OBL didn’t. Recommend

  • JS
    May 24, 2016 - 12:59PM

    Probably part of the new SOP……Step 18 – (after confirming kill) Sprinkle a NADRA issued CNIC/NICOP and/or Ministry of Interior issued passport close to the site (make sure it is damaged but readable)….. Recommend

  • Pakistan
    May 24, 2016 - 2:53PM

    Pakistan being a source of terrorism and we deserve to be sanction and to be isolated, this is the third leading figures that have been found and died on Pakistani soil. Is there any one to question our establishment for this dubious policies. Recommend

  • Ibs
    May 24, 2016 - 2:54PM

    We’ve heard similar bogus stories everytime. The guys car was blown to smitherines and his body charred beyond recognition yet his CNIC and Passport survived. The only question that arises is that What kind of awesome material is Nadra using to bomb proof it’s ID cards and Passport?Recommend

  • quatro
    May 24, 2016 - 3:34PM

    Lots of comments implying that his passport was planted – but where is the upside in Pakistan planting a false ID? Pakistan has a history of making disingenuous statements but the motive for those lies is often apparent — not so in this case. Recommend

  • Abdullah
    May 24, 2016 - 3:46PM

    Both the pictures do not resemble with clear differences . Something fishy about the whole episode….Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    May 24, 2016 - 4:45PM

    Those who protect and support these monsters are our real enemies. Unfortunately they have attained highest positions and have become policy makers. Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    May 25, 2016 - 2:57AM

    Note that Karachi address listed for CNIC was raided and TTP member arrested among others!
    Makes on wonder if Afghan Taliban and TTP are not cooperating?Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    May 25, 2016 - 3:02AM

    Difficult to obtain GENUINE CNIC discovered raises questions of just who in government makes sure these Good Taliban types are provided official documents?
    Questioning the processing officers about these might reveal interesting results (though never to see the light of day)!
    Maybe blue passports for these types on the horizon?Recommend

  • BlackHat
    May 26, 2016 - 12:35PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: You know who they are! Everybody knows who they are but no one can do anything about it.

    You just have to pray that one day true patriotism and true love for the country and concern for the wellbeing of the people will be born in their hearts. You have to hope that one day they will be moved by the colossal and wasteful loss of innocent lives.

    Prayers, friend, prayers are the only answer.Recommend

  • arshad
    Aug 22, 2016 - 12:19AM

    Let’s blame India for this. This is also a RAW conspiracy.Recommend

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