QUETTA: Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansour was living in Balochistan, with not only a Pakistani national identity card and passport, but also a local resident certificate in Wali Muhammad’s name.
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), after discovering the local resident certificate, apprehended a retired government official, who allegedly certified the local resident certificate for Mansour alias Wali Muhammad, who was killed in a US drone strike.
According to reports, the former (rtd) Deputy Superintendent of Deputy Commissioner Killa Abdullah Sher Ali was arrested from his residence in Khanzozai area of Pishin district on Wednesday.
The certificate was the first Pakistani nationality document issued to the Taliban chief in 1999. The certificate was signed by then Deputy Commissioner Hafeez Tahir, who is currently under investigation by FIA authorities.
“We have initiated an investigation into the issuance of the certificate,” an FIA official said. About four government officials have been arrested thus far for issuing an NIC, passport and local certificate to Mansour.
Mansour was 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.
While Mullah Mansour may have used a fake name to obtain a Pakistani identity card, his credentials with the authorities were all genuine, verifiable on specific helpline numbers.