Pak Army Chief Raheel Sharif asks US to bomb Taliban hideouts in Afghanistan

General Raheel Sharif also reiterated Pakistan's resolve in not allowing hostile intelligence agencies like RAW and NDS in fomenting terrorism on Afghan soil.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Updated: June 11, 2016 4:14 pm
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Pakistan’s powerful army chief General Raheel Sharif has asked the US to target the hideouts of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan militants and their chief Mullah Fazlullah in Afghanistan.

General Raheel made the demand during a high-level meeting with Commander of Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson and US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Olson in Islamabad, on Saturday.

In a late night statement, the army said Gen Raheel demanded targeting of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan militants and Mullah Fazlullah in their hideouts in Afghanistan.

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“Raising the demand of targeting TTP and Mullah Fazlullah in their bases in Afghanistan, COAS reiterated Pakistan’s resolve not to allow hostile intelligence agencies’ efforts, especially RAW and NDS, of fomenting terrorism,” it said.

It was the first visit of high-level officials from the US since fresh tension with Pakistan after the killing of the Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Mansour by a CIA drone in Balochistan on May 21

The army said the regional security situation, with particular reference to border management and peace and stability in Afghanistan in the post-21 May US drone strike environment came under discussion.

“Expressing his serious concern on the US drone strike in Balochistan as a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty, Gen Raheel highlighted as to how it had impacted the mutual trust and respect and was counter-productive in consolidating the gains of Operation Zarb-e-Azb,” it said.

Raheel said all efforts for durable peace in the region have to be synergised with shared commitment and responsibility in order to make them successful.

He said all stakeholders need to understand Pakistan’s challenges with regard to porous border, inter-tribal linkages and decades-old presence of over 3 million refugees.

“Blaming Pakistan for instability in Afghanistan is unfortunate,” he said. He said Pakistan is committed to work for a long term peace process for Afghanistan under the four nation Quadrilateral Coordination Group framework, involving Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the US.

Earlier, the high-level US delegation met the Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz who warned the American officials of consequences for bilateral ties if attacks like killing of Mansour on May 21 were repeated.

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  1. A
    Jul 22, 2016 at 7:09 pm
    Raeel sharif please do some thing for stan
    1. K
      Jun 11, 2016 at 6:18 pm
      The mess created by the west in Afghanistan during the soviet war ,is now being blamed on;br/gt;Whos is responsible for the terrorism in stan,is it not Afghanistan and its masters along with India.
      1. H
        Jun 11, 2016 at 4:52 pm
        stan army is the primary breeding centre of terrorists. They wanted to attack entire world and first target is USA. It is cautioning USA by threatening them.
        1. S
          Jun 11, 2016 at 11:32 pm
          Americans and Indians both are the partners to destroy Afghanistan and stan, but soon they will be failed .
          1. S
            Jun 11, 2016 at 11:44 am
            Who is he trying to fool ? Obviously made to the mind-set mes of his country for approval whereas the public all over the world knows the nefarious and terroristic activities of his group - the ISI and the pak army.
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