The European Union (EU) and Western governments have sought details from Pakistan of its links with the late Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, who was killed by a drone strike in Balochistan on May 21 this year.
Highly placed EU sources revealed that Pakistan has been asked to explain the veracity of the reports appearing in the press about Mullah Akhtar Mansour being given a Pakistani passport and other logistics by the government in Islamabad.
In particular, the EU has noted with alarm the fact that a wanted militant like Mullah Akhtar Mansour was able to travel across nations on a Pakistani passport, and may well have created lethal cells of militants across the world by using the facilities extended to him by the Pakistan government.
In the wake of the Belgium terror attacks last month, the anti-terrorism wings of various EU governments have been strengthened, and there is now a sharp reaction to any such reports which is coming to the notice of the EU.
“The alarming aspect of the Mullah Akhtar Mansour incident is the fact, if proven, that he was travelling the world as a Pakistan citizen and could have created terrorist infrastructure which will hurt the world,” said a well-informed EU official.
The death of Mullah Akhtar Mansour has left the establishment in Pakistan in a state of shock and dismay.
In the last 24 hours, there has been an outpouring of grief, prayers and calls for revenge.
The Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), an organization which has been under the government’s observation, held funeral prayers in absentia for Mansour in Peshawar on Friday at the JuD markaz near Fawara Chowk.
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