Pak demands Afghan action against militants

Pakistan`s military on Tuesday demanded punitive actions from Afghanistan against Pakistani Taliban militants and their leader Mullah Fazlullah, allegedly hiding across the border.

PTI| Last Updated: Jul 02, 2014, 01:04 AM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan`s military on Tuesday demanded punitive actions from Afghanistan against Pakistani Taliban militants and their leader Mullah Fazlullah, allegedly hiding across the border.

The demand was made by military spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa in a press briefing.

"The leader of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP, Mullah Fazlullah, is sitting across the border in Kunar or Nuristan and Afghanistan needs to do something about it. This is something we have been crying hoarse. This has been raised at every level," he said.
The fugitive Taliban leader fled to Afghanistan after being defeated by the military in 2009 operation in Swat in the northwest.

Bajwa said that Afghan security forces should either eliminate or hand over Fazalullah, who controls his fighters from across the border.

The demand was made amid fears that despite rhetoric, Pakistan might spare the feared Haqqani network, blamed for numerous deadly attacks on NATO forces in Afghanistan.
The spokesman reiterated his earlier stance that the operation was against all militants.

"The terrorists of various hue and colour are not wearing different caps, so this will be an indiscriminate operation. When the troops go there they will eliminate everyone without discrimination," said Bajwa.

He also said that the operation was solely conducted by Pakistan forces and no foreign support was involved. He also said that the operation will continue till the end of militancy in the tribal region.

Minister for States and Frontier Regions, Abdul Qadir Baloch, speaking at the same briefing, said the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had made it clear that no one would be allowed to use Pakistani soil for cross border attacks.

"Anybody who has been involved in terrorist activities, whether he is Haqqani or not Haqqani, is very much included," he said.

Operation Zarb-e-Azb has killed at least 376 militants in more than two weeks of action.

Nearly half-a-million people have fled the fighting in North Waziristan who have been temporarily settled in different areas.

Bajwa said only militants were left in the area.