Ch. Nisar’s press conference on US drone strike in Balochistan gets wide coverage in Intl. media


ISLAMABAD, May 26 (APP): The press conference of Minister for Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on the US drone strike in Balochistan has got wide coverage in international media.

A US based newspaper, Washington Post in its story titled “Pakistan: DNA tests to confirm Taliban leaders death,” quoted Ch. Nisar Ali Khan condemning drone strike, “calling it a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and international laws.”

The Minister, in his press conference here on Tuesday rejected the notion that Mulla Mansour was a threat to peace in Afghanistan, insisting that Mansour had backed the first round of face-to-face talks between Taliban and Kabul which were hosted by Pakistan in July 2015.

Washington post added “that Washington officially notified Pakistan seven hours after carrying out the strike,” saying they had targeted Mansour inside Pakistan and that “he was no more alive.”

Washington Post said that the interior minister remarked:
“That process was sabotaged when Kabul decided to reveal that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar had in fact been dead for nearly two years.”

New York Times in its story captioned “Pakistan Says U.S. Justification for Drone Strike ‘Against International Law” quoted the Minister asserting his stance saying: “For the U.S. government to say that whoever is a threat to them will be targeted wherever they are, that is against international law.”

New York Times said, “The Pentagon in its statement has said separately that Mansour was engaged in plotting that posed “specific, imminent threats” to U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan.”

The Guardian UK also quoted the Minister where he called the strike “totally illegal, not acceptable and against the sovereignty and integrity of the country.”

The paper noted that Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also said the killing of Mullah Akhtar Mansour would scupper any chances of peace talks and could embolden other states to pursue their enemies in other countries.

“You cannot expect them to come to talks after killing their leader; this killing has put Pakistan in a very difficult situation,” quoted the Guardian.

The Guardian said “The Minister’s strident remarks stood in contrast to relatively muted statements made by government in immediate aftermath of Mansour’s death on Saturday.”

The UK based newspaper maintained that Ch. Nisar has directed an investigation into how Mansour had secured a Pakistani identity card and passport, which he had used the morning he was killed to enter the country.