In a step to restore badly hurt mutual trust, the US and Pakistan have decided to form a joint intelligence team that will act against top militant targets in Pakistan.
The move comes after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave Pakistan a list of five wanted militant leaders, demanding information on them.
US and Pakistani officials have told news agencies that the team will be made up of mostly intelligence officials from both countries and their prime aim will be to act against the five militant leaders named in the list, all of whom the US believes are hiding in Pakistan.
|The joint intelligence team will go after five top targets, including al Qaeda’s second in command Ayman alZawahri, and alQaeda operations chief Atiya Abdel Rahman, as well as Taliban leader Mullah Omar, all of whom US intelligence officials believe are hiding in Pakistan, one US official said.
Another target is Siraj Haqqani, leader of the Haqqani tribe in Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas. Allied with the Taliban and al Qaida, the Haqqanis are behind some of the deadliest attacks against US troops and Afghan civilians in Afghanistan.