Pakistan seeks ‘clarification’ of US strike on Afghan Taliban leader on its soil

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was notified of the air strike which took place a day earlier.

By: Reuters | Islamabad | Published: May 22, 2016 2:40:46 pm
Paksitan Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria. (Source: ANI/Twitter) Paksitan Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria. (Source: ANI/Twitter)

Pakistan is “seeking clarification” about a US drone strike against Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, the foreign ministry spokesman said on Sunday, after US officials said Mansour was likely killed in an air strike on Pakistani soil.

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“I have seen the reports. We are seeking clarification,” Nafees Zakaria said in a statement. He added that Pakistan wanted the Taliban to return to the negotiating table to end the long war in Afghanistan.

“Military action is not a solution,” he added.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was notified of the air strike which took place a day earlier, but declined to elaborate on the timing of the notification.

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