The Pakistani government on Sunday denounced a U.S. drone strike that reportedly killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, saying the attack violated Pakistan’s sovereignty and stressing that peace can only be attained through negotiation.
Afghan and Taliban leaders confirmed Sunday that Mansoor was killed in the strike the previous day near the Afghan border.
“#Taliban leader #AkhtarMansoor was killed in a drone strike in Quetta, #Pakistan at 04:30 pm yesterday,” Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah tweeted. “His car was attacked in Dahl Bandin.”
Secretary of State John Kerry, at a news conference in Myanmar, declined to confirm Mansoor’s death, but he acknowledged that a U.S. strike had targeted him. Kerry said President Obama made the decision, and that Kerry had discussed the strike with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif early Sunday.
“It is important for people to understand that Mullah Mansoor has been actively involved in planning attacks in Kabul, across Afghanistan, presenting a threat to Afghan civilians and to the coalition forces that are there,” Kerry said. “If people want to stand in the way of peace, continue to threaten and kill and blow people up, we have no recourse but to respond, and I think we responded appropriately.”… see more