KARACHI: The counter-terrorism tribunal died down on Thursday of a case against assassinated Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour linked to generating funds for terrorism through the sale and purchase of property in Pakistan under a false identity because he had been killed in a US drone strike in 2016 .
The Federal Investigation Agency has charged Mullah Akhtar Mansour, alias Mohammad Wali, alias Gul Mohammad, and two of his alleged fleeing accomplices – Akhtar Mohammad and Ammar – for their alleged involvement in generating funds through the purchase and sale of property in Karachi of using fake identities to fund . terrorist activities in the country.
In response to the matter, the ATC-II judge noted that the two suspects, Ammar and Akhtar Mohammad, were still on the run while the third suspect, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, was killed in a drone strike on 21 May 2016 on the Pak-Iran border. , according to the bill.
FIA’s Counter-Terrorism Wing assistant director Khalid Hussain Sheikh appears with investigative officer Rehmatullah Domki.
Assistant Attorney General Waseem Akhtar, who was appointed as special prosecutor in the case by the federal government, was not present.
Fake identities are used to buy and sell property in Karachi
In response to the letter issued by the court, representatives from the Allied Bank Limited Satellite Town branch, Quetta, sent a report with a payment order for the amount of Rs159,350 – an unclaimed amount in the murderer’s bank account. Afghan Taliban leader Mansour – and keeps it with the officer in charge, or Nazir, in court.
The judge recorded the report.
IO Domki filed a report on the completion of the process of proclamation and sealing of the suspect’s property, as ordered by the court under articles 87 and 88 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
IO also took note of his statement, which stated that assets worth Rs. 40.5 million owned by the Taliban leader who was killed in Pakistan using his fake identity have been recovered at court’s direction and held in government coffers.
The assets include five properties, which Mullah Mansour in Karachi reportedly bought for Rs32m, auctioned by the court for Rs44,665,000, IO said.
He added that the Afghan Taliban leader had also purchased a life insurance policy from a local insurer, which had deposited an amount of Rs347,000 to the court.
He further stated that movable assets, such as money estimated to be between Rs2m and Rs2.5m, which Mullah Mansour kept in his bank account had also been confiscated and kept in the state treasury.
He stressed that no property had been found in the name of the Taliban leaders in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
After recording his statement, the judge lightened the case against Mullah Akhtar Mansour because he had been killed in the drone attack.
The judge declared two of his alleged runaway henchmen – Ammar and Akhtar Mohammad – as proclaimed offenders after IO declared them untraceable and argued that there was no possibility of them being arrested any time soon.
The judge issued an unsecured warrant for their arrest via the CTW FIA field unit to be executed through the IO of the case.
Meanwhile, the judge ordered his party to issue a letter to the immigration department to include the names of offenders who were declared on the Exit Control List and also block their passports.
It also directed the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) to block CNIC of the two alleged offenders.
Their cases are kept on an inactive file until their arrest or surrender.
The judge corrected the issue on March 26 for submission of answers from Nadra and the immigration department.
Published in Dawn, March 5, 2021
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