Islamabad, May 8 (PTI) Pakistan’s anti-terrorism court has taken over five properties belonging to Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour, estimated to be worth more than Rs 3.2 crore, to be auctioned, according to media reports.
Mansour, who was killed in a drone strike along the Pakistan-Iran border on May 21, 2016, bought property, including plots and houses, in Karachi using a fake identity, Dawn newspaper reported.
He took over the leadership of the Taliban in July 2015, replacing the old one-eyed founder and spiritual head Mullah Mohammad Omar who died in 2013.
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) based in Islamabad, the country’s border controls, criminal investigations, counterintelligence and security agencies, has ordered it under a strict Anti-Terrorism Act among other provisions.
Disclosure of property was made in a report submitted by the FIA to the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) -II in July last year for an investigation into a case relating to alleged fundraising by Mansour and his accomplices through the purchase of property on fake identities, sources told the newspaper.
Since January, the court has directed investigating officers (IO) to complete the process of appendixing Mansour’s property and the proclamation of two suspected accomplices – Akhtar Mohammad and Amaar.
On April 24, the court ordered a Nazir (a court official) to take over Mullah Mansour’s property after the IO submitted a report on the completion of the property installation process by the FIA.
The court ordered Nazir to auction off the property and put an ad in the newspaper.
When this issue arose before a recent ATC-II judge, Nazir submitted a report about the confiscation of property owned by Mansour on behalf of the court.
The judge has scheduled hearings in this case starting June 11.
In an earlier hearing, the IO informed the court that the FIA had dug up five properties that were bought by the Taliban leader before his death.
The estimated value of the property is Rs 3.2 crore.
The court has requested reports from commissioners Peshawar and Quetta about the proclamation process of Mansour’s accomplices who allegedly fled and their property attachments, the newspaper added.
In 2016, US President Barack Obama confirmed that Mansour was killed in a US drone strike in Balochistan province, southwest Pakistan, calling his death a “milestone” in efforts to bring peace to war-torn Afghanistan.
He issued a Pakistani national identity card in 2005, according to a report in 2016. PTI SH CPS AKJ CPS
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