Pakistan confirms Mullah Mansour's loss of life in drone strike: Sartaj Aziz

Sartaj Aziz
Prime Minister’s Advisor on International Affairs, Sartaj Aziz in the present day (Thursday) confirmed that Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour died in a US drone strike in Balochistan final week.

“The one that was killed within the drone strike is Mullah Mansour,” Aziz advised reporters throughout briefing on the Ministry of International Affairs.

Mulla Mansour

He stated that his physique won’t be handed over to anybody until the provision of DNA check report.

The advisor additional revealed that Mansour used pretend journey paperwork.

“In response to the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mansour was touring with a special identify,” stated Sartaj Aziz.

The event comes a day after the Afghan Taliban introduced Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new chief, elevating a low-profile spiritual determine in a swift energy transition after formally confirming the loss of life of Mullah Mansour in a US drone strike.

“Haibatullah Akhundzada has been appointed as the brand new chief of the Islamic Emirate (Taliban) after a unanimous settlement within the Shura (supreme council), and all of the members of Shura pledged allegiance to him,” the insurgents stated in a press release.

It added that Sirajuddin Haqqani, an implacable foe of US forces, and Mullah Yakoub, the son of Taliban founder Mullah Omar, have been appointed his deputies. Analysts had beforehand seen them because the almost definitely candidates for the management.

“The chief of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and commander of trustworthy, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, was martyred in a US drone strike in… Pakistan’s Balochistan province,” the assertion stated, within the insurgents’ first affirmation of his loss of life.

Earlier than his killing, Mansour had written a will handpicking Akhundzada to be his successor, Taliban sources advised AFP, in an obvious bid to lend legitimacy to his appointment.

US President Barack Obama, who authorised the drone strikes, had confirmed the loss of life Monday.

He stated Mansour had rejected efforts “to noticeably have interaction in peace talks”, asserting that direct negotiations with the Afghan authorities have been the one method to finish the attritional battle.

“The brand new chief’s appointment is an efficient alternative for the Taliban to return to peace talks and rebuild their nation,” Afghan presidential spokesman Dawa Khan Menapal advised AFP.

“In the event that they reject peace talks they are going to face the identical destiny as Mansour.”

Saturday’s drone assault, the primary recognized American assault on a prime Afghan Taliban chief on Pakistani soil, despatched shockwaves via the rebel motion which had seen a resurgence below Mansour.

He was killed simply 9 months after being formally appointed chief following a bitter energy battle upon affirmation of founder Mullah Omar’s loss of life.

Omar died in 2013, however his loss of life was saved secret for 2 years, with Mansour issuing statements in his identify — a revelation that helped gas inside opposition and splintered the group into rival factions.

Akhundzada faces an analogous problem in unifying Taliban ranks.

A breakaway faction led by Mullah Rassoul rejected Akhundzada’s appointment, saying he was chosen with none broad session with subject commanders in Afghanistan.

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