We don’t harbor terrorists as assets: Zakhilwal
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ambassador Dr. Omar Zakhilwal has confirmed the killing of top TTP leader in Afghanistan, saying his country has once again proved it is not in the business of harboring terrorists as 'assets'.
Tariq’s killing is yet another proof that Afghanistan is not involved in shielding terrorists as 'assets'. Zakhilwal said in a statement.“Regardless of whom they intend to target; we don’t distinguish between 'good' and 'bad' terrorists.”
He added: “In fact, to date, every TTP leader of importance has been killed by our or/and coalition forces in Afghanistan.”
Azam Tariq was ranked as the 4th most important TTP leader and Pakistan had put $200,000 on his head.
Tariq later joined the Mehsud militant group, led by Khan Said, alias Sajna. ZeeshanMahsud, Sajna’s spokesman, confirmed the death of Azam Tariq and his son Shafiullah.
Currently acting as spokesperson for the TTP’s Mehsud faction, Tariq’s real name was Raees Khan, hailing from the Barwand sub-district of Waziristan. He fled after the launch of an operation by Pakistani forces in the region.
Raees Khan served a schoolteacher in South Waziristan before joining the BaitullahMehsud-led Taliban faction. He sneaked into Paktika, where his hideout was struck in the Mangalkai area of Birmal district.
Tariq, his son, two other Mahsuds and three Wazir tribesmen from the Madakhel tribe of North Waziristan were killed in the airstrike, according to a Pakistani security official, who did not want to be named.
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