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akistan's Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan addresses a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Khan said authorities will perform DNA tests on the body of a man who was killed in an American drone strike to determine whether the slain man is actually Taliban chief Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour. Khan also condemned the drone strike, calling it a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
ABDUL SATTAR, Associated Press

 

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — The family of a driver who was killed alongside Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan has filed a case against U.S. officials, seeking to press murder charges, police said Sunday.

Mansour had entered Pakistan from Iran using a false name and fake Pakistani identity documents on May 21, when his car was targeted by a U.S. drone. The driver, who was also killed, was later identified as Mohammed Azam.

View photo of drone strike site here.

The police filed a case on behalf of the Azam's family, police official Abdul Wakil Mengal said.

It was not immediately clear what legal avenues the family can realistically pursue.

In the case documents, his brother Mohammed Asim describes Azam as an "innocent man" and a father of four who was the family's sole breadwinner. "I want justice," Asim said, according to the case file.

"In our view, both the (officials) who ordered and those who executed the drone strike are responsible for (killing) a man who had nothing to do with terrorism, who was a non-combatant," Azam's uncle, Allah Nazar, told The Associated Press.

Nazar said his nephew's death had broken the family. He said that as well as caring for his children, Azam was supporting a disabled brother and his mother, who is blind.

"I have got a simple question to ask the American authorities, that's: how will this family survive?" Nazar said.

He said the family was seeking financial compensation from American and Pakistani authorities to support Azam's family and fund his children's education.

Pakistan coffinPhoto: People stand near a coffin carrying a body one of the victims in a reportedly U.S. drone strike in the Ahmad Wal area in Baluchistan province of Pakistan, at a local hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, Sunday, May 22, 2016. A senior commander of the Afghan Taliban confirmed on Sunday that the extremist group's leader, Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour, has been killed in the strike. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)

Pakistan objected to the U.S. drone strike, describing it as a violation of its sovereignty.

On Sunday Pakistan's interior ministry announced that a DNA test confirmed that Mansour had been killed in the U.S. drone attack.

American and Afghan officials had already confirmed Mansour's death, but Islamabad had declined to do so before the DNA test results.

Earlier this week, the Afghan Taliban selected a religious hard-liner, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, as their new head.

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