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QUETTA: Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour had obtained not only Pakistani national identity card and passport but also a local resident certificate in the name of Wali Mohammad, according to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) which is investigating the issuance of the documents.

An officer of the FIA said that they had found a local resident certificate showing Wali Mohammad (Mullah Mansour) a resident of Qila Abdullah district of Balochistan and belonging to Kakar tribe.

The certificate was the first Pakistani nationality document issued to the Taliban chief in 1999. It was signed by the then deputy commissioner of Qila Abdullah district, Hafiz Mohammad Tahir.

“We have initiated an investigation into the issuance of the certificate,” the FIA official said.

Hafiz Tahir is already facing an inquiry into attestation of Mullah Mansour’s form for the identity card.

The Taliban leader was killed with driver Mohammad Azam in a US drone strike in Kochkey area of Nushki district on May 21 while going to Quetta from Taftan in a car.

The car was registered in the name of Ahmedullah Khan, a resident of the Gizri area of Karachi.

Further investigation is under way and more arrests cannot be ruled out.

Published in Dawn, June 2nd, 2016

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