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Go after Afghan Taliban leaders, US tells Pakistan

Go after Afghan Taliban leaders, US tells Pakistan

May 30, 2016 - 10:44

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The United States has once again asked the Pakistaninfo-icon government to go after Afghan Talibaninfo-icon leaders on its soil for the sake of peace in the region.

“We continue to cooperate closely with Afghanistaninfo-icon, certainly, but also urge Pakistan to go after terrorists, especially Taliban leadership, and that cooperation continues,” said the State Department spokesman.

Mark Toner said this in response to the query if the US would help detain Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Mullahinfo-icon Fazlullah, who is allegedly hiding in Afghanistan.

Fazlullah sneaked into Afghanistan in late 2007 when Pakistani security forces captured his headquarters in Swat Valley as a result of a major operation.

The spokesman suggested Pakistan should move against the Afghan Taliban leaders in return for US help in targeting TTP leaders in Afghanistan.

The TTP has focused on targets inside Pakistan, although it claimed responsibility for the 2009 Camp Chapman attack in Afghanistan and the 2010 Times Square car bombing bid.

PANinfo-icon Monitoring/mud

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