Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said Pakistan is yet to confirm identity of one of the people targeted in a US drone strike and a DNA report in this regard is awaited. “One of the persons targeted in a drone strike in a far-flung area of Balochistan two days ago has been ascertained while identity of the other person is yet to be identified,” Nisar said while addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Tuesday.
Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Mansoor was reportedly killed in a rare US drone strike deep inside Pakistan in Kuchaki area of Naushki district, over 200 kilometres away from Quetta, Balochistan.
“From the international media reports, including those from Afghanistan, it can be said that Mullah Mansoor was the target of the attack and has been killed,” the interior minister added. Nisar said the US notified Pakistan of the attack seven hours after the attack. The airstrike completely destroyed a vehicle and two persons sitting inside it, and they had completely become unidentifiable. In light of this information, Pakistani intelligence agencies started gathering links of the attack and a DNA sample was subsequently sent for investigation.
“We are awaiting the result of this report to scientifically and legally confirm the death of [Afghan Taliban chief].”
“However, irrespective of who was the target of the attack, the government strongly condemns the drone strike.”