Pakistan seeks 'clarification' of US drone attack on Mullah Mansour

02:25 PM | 22 May, 2016
Pakistan seeks 'clarification' of US drone attack on Mullah Mansour
ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) - The Foreign Office has said that it is "seeking clarification" about the drone attack on Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansour after the media reported on Sunday that a US drone strike killed the militant commander in Naushki, a district of Balochistan near the Afghan border.

Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakariya said that he had seen media reports about a US drone strike and was seeking a clarification on the matter.

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He further added that Pakistan had always wanted the Taliban to return to the negotiating table so that conflict may end in Afghanistan. Military action is not a solution to end war in Afghanistan, he said.

The FO statement came shortly after US Secretary State John Kerry said that he had spoken to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif via telephone to notify him about the strike on Mansour.

The secretary, however, declined to report on the timing of his phone call. Subsequent media reports have claimed that the secretary's notification came before the militant commander was hit, while one report has claimed that it came after the Taliban leader was hit.

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