Babar who is also the secretary general of the People’s Party of Pakistan (PPP) has told Dawn News “Those who aided Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour secure a Pakistani identity card and passport are shielded as is obvious from the replies given to questions asked in the Senate recently.”
Senator Babar made the remarks amid reports suggesting that efforts are underway to mainstream the Islamist groups including the Taliban into the politics with the revival of the defunct six-party religio-political alliance Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA).
The alliance will also include Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman who is well recognized for his support to the Afghan Taliban.
This comes as reports emerged last week suggesting that the minister of interior of Pakistan in his letter to the Senate had said that contrary to media reports that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansoor had been carrying a Pakistan passport and National Identity Card (NIC) — it had emerged that the card had actually been issued to a man named Muhammad Wali, son of Shah Muhammad.
The minister had also added that three officials from National Database and Registration Authority have been handed a major punishment as a departmental inquiry against the officials of the department completed regarding the issuance of the fake cards.