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US calls on Pakistan to go after Afghan Taliban leadership

Afghan opposition Northern Alliance troops wait for their President
Burhanuddin Rabbani at a training camp in the outskirts of Jabal us
Seraj, some 60kms north of the Afghan capital Kabul, November 5, 2001.
Thousands of Afghan opposition troops paraded before their leaders on
Monday in a symbolic sign that their army was ready to take on the
Taliban and push to the gates of Kabul. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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Afghan opposition Northern Alliance troops wait for their President Burhanuddin Rabbani at a training camp in the outskirts of Jabal us Seraj, some 60kms north of the Afghan capital Kabul, November 5, 2001. Thousands of Afghan opposition troops paraded before their leaders on Monday in a symbolic sign that their army was ready to take on the Taliban and push to the gates of Kabul. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis AS

Lahore: The United States has urged Pakistan to go after the Taliban leadership in Afghanistan and asked for help in catching Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah.

According to Dawn, Fazlullah fled to Afghanistan in November 2007 when security forces captured his headquarters in Swat.

Reports state that he is based in Afghanistan’s Kunar province from where he directs TTP attacks in Pakistan.

“We continue to cooperate closely with Afghanistan, certainly, but also urge Pakistan to go after terrorists, especially (Afghan) Taliban leadership, and that cooperation continues,” said US State Department spokesman Mark Toner when asked what efforts were being made to locate Fazlullah.

The statement by the State Department statement also indicates that the United States wants Pakistan also to act against the Afghan Taliban leaders who are allegedly hiding inside its territory, in return for US help in targeting TTP leaders in Afghanistan. (ANI)

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