Slain Taliban chief’s facilitator held

Published: June 3, 2016
A file photo of Taliban chief Mullah Akhter Mansoor.

A file photo of Taliban chief Mullah Akhter Mansoor.

QUETTA: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested a retired government official who allegedly certified the local certificate for slain Taliban supremo Mulla Akhtar Mansour under the fake identity of Wali Muhammad.

According to FIA officials, Sher Ali, a retired deputy superintendent of DC office Killa Abdullah, was arrested from his home in Khanozai area of the Pishin district late on Wednesday night. The certificate was the first Pakistani nationality document issued to the Taliban chief in 1999. Once he had the local certificate, Mansoor under the name of Wali Muhammad, was able to apply for CNIC and later on the passport.

“We have initiated an investigation into the issuance of the certificate,” an FIA official said. Around four government officials have been arrested for issuing the CNIC, passport and local certificate to Mullah Mansoor.

The ex-deputy commissioner of the Pishin district, Hafeez Tahir, is also under investigation by FIA authorities.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 3rd, 2016.

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