Pakistan, Afghanistan and ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) have agreed to eliminate the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) through co-ordinated military actions in their respective areas of control in the wake of the Peshawar massacre.
According to Director General Inter-Services Public Relations General Asim Bajwa, General Staff of Afghan Army General Sher Mohammad Karimi and ISAF Commander General John Campbell met Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif at the GHQ in Rawalpindi Tuesday.
Asim Bajwa tweeted on a social networking website that during the meeting they discussed co-ordinated actions in their respective areas and intelligence-sharing in this regard. Measures to further improve border co-ordination were also discussed, he added.
According to him, Afghan Chief of General Staff and the ISAF commander acknowledged the ongoing ‘successful’ and ‘non discriminatory’ Zarb-e-Azb military operation against militants. He said the Afghan Chief of General Staff and the ISAF commander also appreciated Pakistan’s gains in the operation, saying terrorists in North Waziristan have been seriously degraded as a result of the operation.
Bajwa said the Afghan Chief of General Staff and the ISAF commander expressed grief over the casualties in the Peshawar attack and assured full support in fight against the terrorists as well as eliminating terrorists on Afghan soil. Informed sources privy to the development told Business Recorder that besides co-operation in strengthening security along the border, the Afghan Chief of General Staff and the ISAF commander also assured General Sharif that they will extend all possible co-operation to eliminate TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah and his outlawed militant outfit.
“It has been agreed to eliminate TTP and its leadership through co-ordinated actions including through drone attacks inside Afghanistan,” said a source privy to the development, adding that co-ordinated actions do not mean undertaking joint actions but rather carrying out operations through intelligence sharing. The trilateral meeting discussed overall security situation in the region, matters relating to co-ordination on the Pak-Afghan border and protocols to improve border control.
The sources said that during his recent visit to Kabul, Army Chief Sharif handed over ‘concrete’ evidence to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani regarding the direct involvement of TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah and his banned outfit in the Peshawar attack which is operating from Kunar and Noristan provinces of Afghanistan. The Army Chief also appreciated the recently commenced operations by Afghan forces against TTP in areas close to Pak-Afghan border in which several members of the banned outfit were killed.
During his visit to the United States and in his recent interaction with Afghan and ISAF officials in Kabul, the Army Chief successfully addressed the misunderstandings of Afghan and US authorities regarding the ongoing military operation in Pakistan, sources pointed out.
They further maintained that the Army Chief in his numerous interactions has convinced the US and Afghan authorities that all terrorists including those affiliated with the Haqqani Network are being targeted in the ongoing military operation which has been acknowledged by the US and Afghan civilian and military authorities. The sources further said that a joint military group of Pakistan and Afghanistan would meet shortly to discuss co-ordinated military actions in their respective areas of control along the Pak-Afghan border and also deliberate upon proposals for effective border control.
SOURCE: RECORDER REPORT