Pakistan has condemned and expressed anger on recent drone strikes by the United States targeting and killing the Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called the strike totally illegal, not acceptable and against the sovereignty and integrity of his country. However it seems US President has not paid any heed to Pakistan as he stated that death of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour is an important milestone and achievement. The strikes have caused strain in relations of Pakistan and the United States.
On 21st May US drones attacked and reported killed Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour and Mullah Sheikh Abdul Hakim in the Ahmad Wal region of Balochistan. Afghanistan and Afghan Taliban have confirmed the reports; however, Pakistan has denied reports of killing and has continued to condemn the drone strikes.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, presently in London, has expressed deep regret and anger calling the strike totally illegal, not acceptable and against the sovereignty and integrity of the country. Pakistan External Affairs Ministry has independently issued a press statement expressing concern and condemning the drone attack while also stating that Pakistan was informed about the attack post its execution. An investigation, currently, is being carried out about the attack.
US President Barack Obama issued a statement saying death of Taliban leader Mansour was an important milestone in the efforts to bring in peace and prosperity to Afghanistan. US have got rid of the leader of a prominent terrorist organisation that actively engaged with other extremist organisations like Al-Qaeda, who are conspiring against Afghan people, US and its allies.
US President Barack Obama also stated that the death of Mansour is a great opportunity for Taliban to engage in a dialogue with the Afghanistan Government in the peace building process, however,, US will continue its strategy of covert operations against terrorist organisations in future.