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Pakistan's army chief joins conference in Afghan capital

15 February, 2018, 08:02 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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Pakistani officials claim many TTP militants have been forced to take refuge in Afghanistan as a result, our correspondent adds.

In announcing the death of Khan Said Sajna, the spokesman for the so-called Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, TTP, said the pre-dawn drone attack occurred on February 8 in the Gorwek area of North Waziristan.

Taliban militants are yet to make comments on the situation.

Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad Faisal, told reporters in Islamabad Friday he was unaware of the drone strike.

They said the target of Thursday's strike was the Haqqani network.

Mehsud, who had two wives and belonged to the Shobi Khel tribe, was placed on the U.S. Designated Terrorist list in October 2014, according to the Express Tribune.

While U.S. and Afghan forces accuse Pakistan of failing to stop Afghan Taliban militants using safe havens on the Pakistani side of the border, Pakistani Taliban militants have been waging a campaign of bombings and other attacks on Pakistan's security forces.

Details of the latest US drone attack emerged as an Afghan delegation led by the neighboring country's deputy foreign minister, Hekmat Khalil Karzai, opened a new round of wide-ranging talks Friday with Pakistani counterparts in Islamabad. He had experience fighting in Afghanistan, and was believed to be involved in the attack on PNS Mehran in Karachi and masterminding a 2012 jailbreak in which the Taliban freed 400 inmates from a prison in Bannu.

The assistance will support the government of Pakistan's efforts to provide improved access to and quality services for its citizens, implement political and economic reforms, and foster a more inclusive and tolerant environment, says the State Department.



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