Date
25 July 2017
Pakistan's leader Nawaz Sharif criticized the US after the latter failed to notify beforehand about a major drone strike inside Pakistan territory. Photo: Bloomberg
Pakistan's leader Nawaz Sharif criticized the US after the latter failed to notify beforehand about a major drone strike inside Pakistan territory. Photo: Bloomberg

Pakistan: US drone strike violated our sovereignty

Pakistan accused the United States of violating its sovereignty with a drone strike Saturday that is believed to have killed the leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansour.

Following the US strike inside Pakistan territory, Islamabad lodged a protest, saying it was not informed beforehand.

“This is a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty,” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told reporters in London, according to Reuters. 

The weekend strike, which was perhaps the most high-profile US incursion into Pakistani territory since the 2011 raid to kill Osama bin Laden, is said to have been authorized by President Barack Obama.

The action showed that the US is prepared to go after the Taliban leadership in Pakistan, which the government in Kabul has repeatedly accused of sheltering the insurgents.

It is unclear how long Mansour might have been inside Pakistan before the strike, Reuters said.

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry disclosed that a passport found at the site of the strike, bearing a different name, carried a valid Iranian visa.

It added that the purported passport holder was believed to have returned to Pakistan from Iran on Saturday, the day of the drone strike targeting Mansour.

Photos of the passport, bearing the name Wali Muhammad, seen by Reuters showed a passing resemblance to some of the old photos available of Mansour.

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