THE FAMILY OF a Pakistani chauffeur killed by a drone strike while driving Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour is set to sue the United States government over the death.
Mohammad Azam was driving Mansour near to the Pakistan town of Ahmad Wal and was described by US military officials as the “second male combatant” killed in the strike.
Azam’s brother Mohammad Qasim has since announced he is pressing for anti-terror charges to be laid against the administration of Barack Obama.
Mr Qasim said: “US officials have accepted responsibility in the media for this incident, so I want justice and request legal action against those responsible. My brother was innocent, was very poor and leaves behind four young children. He was the lone breadwinner in the family and my aim is to prove the innocence of my brother as he is being portrayed as a militant. But, he was just a driver.”
Pakistani officials say that Azam worked for the Al Habib rental company and that Mansour had rented a vehicle after haggling over the price.
Mr Qasim added:
“Who will feed my brother’s children now? I appeal to the civilised world, including all those human rights bodies, to investigate the brutal murder of my brother and compensate his children.”