Family of driver killed in drone strike on Mullah Mansour files FIR against US

Published: May 29, 2016
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People gather around a destroyed vehicle in which Mullah Akhtar Mansour was travelling on May 21, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

People gather around a destroyed vehicle in which Mullah Akhtar Mansour was travelling on May 21, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

QUETTA: Relatives of a taxi driver, who was killed in the US drone strike targeting Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour last week in Balochistan’s Noshki district, have registered a case against US officials for the killing.

“I seek justice in this case. Legal action should be taken against all those US officials responsible for killing my innocent brother in a drone strike near Noshki,” read a statement in the FIR lodged by brother of the deceased Muhammad Azam at Noshki police station.

The applicant, Muhammad Qasim, upheld his brother was not only an innocent citizen but also the sole breadwinner of his five-member family who drove a taxi for his living.

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Azam and Mansour were killed in a US drone strike on May 21 in a remote area near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

The mission, which US officials said was authorised by President Barack Obama, included multiple drones.

Following the strike, US Secretary of State John Kerry said 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 Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

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Reacting to the development, Pakistan termed the US drone strike inside the country’s territory a violation of its sovereignty as well as principles of the United Nations Charter governing the conduct of states.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Honmegre
    May 29, 2016 - 5:49PM

    Can you do something else apart from just protesting ?? You are a nuclear power , kindly use that.Recommend

  • sk
    May 29, 2016 - 7:34PM

    Does Pakistan or its any agency have guts to bring US or its President or concerned Army personnel to justice? Does Pakistan have capacity to put technology / financial / Commercial sanctions against US? Does Pakistan afford to severe its tie up with US?
    Otherwise, this FIR is just a farce or media hype provoked to divert attention from criticism faced by the government of Pakistan as well as its army.Recommend

  • curious2
    May 29, 2016 - 8:41PM

    Maybe he should file a lawsuit against Nisar who was responsible for providing ID/Passports to wanted terrorist … or maybe file a FIR against the govt/military who adopted a policy of using terrorist as “strategic assets”? Or maybe he should file a lawsuit against Mansour’s family or the Taliban?Recommend

  • Point
    May 29, 2016 - 11:00PM

    @curious2:
    Right now his brother was a target of U.S. drone strike dumboo!! Learn some basic things of lawRecommend

  • Bharat
    May 30, 2016 - 7:49AM

    Hey ! do we care?

    He should have said no to transporting a terrorist. Maybe he does not read newspapers?Recommend

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