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Pakistan Arrests Officials For Helping Ex-Taliban Leader


The Pakistani passport Mullah Akhtar Mansur carried and used to travel to Iran.

The Pakistani passport Mullah Akhtar Mansur carried and used to travel to Iran.

Pakistani investigators have arrested two officials involved in issuing Pakistani documents to the slain former Taliban leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansur, and his family.

Mansur was killed in a U.S. drone strike on May 21 in southwestern Baluchistan Province. A Pakistani passport found near the destroyed car he was traveling in identified him as Wali Mohammad.

Interior Ministry's spokesman Sarfaraz Hussain said Aziz Ahmed, an official in Baluchistan's provincial capital of Quetta, was arrested on May 28.

Hussain said Ahmed approved a national identity card for Mansur in the name of Wali Mohammad in 2001.

The second official arrested was Riffat Iqbal, an employee of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), which issues computerized identities to Pakistani citizens.

Hussain said Iqbal was arrested fin the port city of Karachi on May 28 for facilitating the paperwork on Pakistani citizenship for Mansour's second wife and his children.

Based on reporting by AP and Express Tribune
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