Pakistan FIA arrests former officer in Taliban chief’s ID case

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Islamabad, May 31 (IANS) Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Tuesday arrested former assistant director of the National Database and Registration Authority Ghulam Muhammad Bugti for suspected involvement in the issuance of identification papers to former Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour.

Officials recovered a Pakistani identity card and passport under the alias Wali Muhammad from the site of the American drone strike which killed the Taliban chief earlier this month in Balochistan. Mansour’s ID card was renewed in 2012.

Ghulam Bugti, who retired in 2007, had played an important role in issuing an NIC to Mansour in 2002, Dawn quoted FIA sources.

Bugti has been shifted to FIA’s regional office for interrogation. “The scope of investigation is being widened,” said an FIA officer who declined to be named.

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