Gen. Raheel asks US to pound TTP bases on Afghan soil
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): While vehemently denouncing a recent drone strike in Balochistan province, Islamabad has asked the Obama administration to pound Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) hideouts inside Afghanistan.
At a meeting with Resolute Support Mission Commander Gen. John Nicholson and US Special Representative Richard Olson, Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel said: "Pakistan will not allow Indian and Afghan intelligence agencies to foment terrorism in the country."
A statement from military said the regional security situation, with particular reference to border management and peace and stability in Afghanistan in the post-May 21 US drone strike environment, came under discussion during the meeting.
Gen. Raheel Sharif reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment to the war on terrorism and effective management of the border with Afghanistan to promote regional peace and stability.
He called the May 21 US drone strike that killed Taliban supremo Mullah Mansour a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty, saying the raid had negatively affected mutual trust and respect between the two countries and the gains made during Pakistan's own war on terror.
It was unfortunate that Pakistan was blamed for instability in Afghanistan, Gen. Raheel said, insisting his country had always expressed its readiness to work for a long term peace process in Afghanistan in the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) framework.
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