Trying to get into the august houses of parliaments on the strength of fake degrees was very typical of Pakistani politicians some of whom actually reached the parliament through deceit and fraud. But as if it was not enough headache, Pakistan’s current ally, the US has had to deal with fake Taliban in their quest for negotiating their peaceful withdrawal after unleashing havoc on Afghanistan. It has now been revealed that their pleasure of negotiating exit was short-lived because they have been talking to an imposter, a fake Taliban. The irony is that this is again a product of Pakistan, a shopkeeper from Quetta. It seems that the antecedents of the imposter were verified by Britain who is now facing American wrath for introducing a total fraud.  According to Guardian, US officials have blamed Britain for an embarrassing fiasco in which an impostor met Afghan and NATO officials before it was discovered he was not the Taliban leader they thought he was, according to sources familiar with the incident.

It was revealed this week that the man – understood to be a shopkeeper from the Pakistani city of Quetta – was masquerading as Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, the second highest-ranking official in the Taliban. He attended three meetings in Kabul. The New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd reported today that people familiar with the con – as she described it – said “the British spent a year developing the fake Taliban leader as a source”.

She added that General David Petraeus, the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, reportedly was “buying into it”.

Officials who insisted on remaining anonymous because of the sensitivity of the matter confirmed that Britain was being held responsible for the episode. There was said to be “some truth” in the US reports. The impostor is understood to have been paid a large sum in the hope that he would remain in the talks. Curiously, since Mansour was a high-profile Taliban leader, foreign and Afghan officials only came to suspect anything when an Afghan negotiator who had met Mansour said he did not recognize the man at the talks.

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