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December 20, 2014

Hunt for wanted militants

December 20, 2014


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has conveyed to the Afghan president as well as the Isaf commander that Islamabad’s patience is running out after the Peshawar carnage by the militants and it wanted Kabul to move decisively against the wanted Pakistani Taliban militants hiding in Afghanistan.
A top aide to Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif confided to The News that Army chief General Raheel Sharif’s latest visit to Kabul and his meetings with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Isaf commander General John F Campbell were encouraging.
The source said Pakistan urged that those involved in terrorist activities here, including in the latest heinous attack on the Peshawar school, should be hunted at the earliest whether unilaterally or with the coordination of Pakistani security forces.
The source said Pakistan was expecting a positive response, both from Kabul and Isaf, particularly after the recent improvement in the relationship between the countries. It is said that with the arrival of Ashraf Ghani in Kabul, things have started improving between the two countries.
The source said quite a few high-level exchanges had taken place between Islamabad and Kabul to end the mistrust and misgivings of the past and build a new relationship based on mutual trust and cooperation.
It is said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has had quite a few productive interactions with Ashraf Ghani and both have agreed that they will remain in contact for better mutual cooperation, particularly against terrorism.The PM’s aide said unlike Karzai, Ghani was supportive of having better relations between the two Muslim states.
About the influence of India on Kabul, which saw a new height during Karzai’s rule, and whether Ghani would be able to stop India from using its soil against Pakistan, the source admitted that pro-India elements were well-entrenched in the Kabul establishment. However, he was optimistic that Ghani knew the value of developing cordial relationship with

Pakistan and thus would be successful to neutralise the anti-Pakistan elements there.
According to media reports, a day after terrorists hit the Peshawar school, the COAS during his visit to Kabul told the Afghan leadership that terrorists were using their soil to attack Pakistan.The army chief had shared classified intelligence details with the Afghan officials and told them that the mastermind behind the Peshawar attack, who was from Afghanistan, was giving directives to terrorists.
The reports quoting the ISPR said Ashraf Ghani had assured General Raheel Sharif that the Afghan soil would not be allowed for terrorist activities against Pakistan and any signature found in this regard would be immediately eliminated. The Afghan president had said that Afghanistan stood with the people of Pakistan in their hour of grief.
Besides others, Pakistan wants the extradition of TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah, who is wanted for terrorism cases in Pakistan.It has been reported that the Taliban commander Umar Naray had masterminded the Peshawar attack from Afghanistan as the Pakistani security agencies are said to have intercepted the communication of Peshawar school attackers and their handlers in Afghanistan.




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