Kabul, ISAF promise action against TTP sanctuaries

Published: December 18, 2014
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General Raheel Sharif meets Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul. PHOTO: NNI

General Raheel Sharif meets Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul. PHOTO: NNI

ISLAMABAD: 

Pakistan has secured a crucial assurance from Kabul and the US-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) regarding elimination of sanctuaries of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Afghan soil a day after the grisly violence at the Army Public School and College in Peshawar.

The assurance was given by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Isaf Commander General John F Campbell to army chief General Raheel Sharif, who rushed to Kabul on Wednesday to discuss the implications of the massacre of 148 people, mostly children.

But it came only after Gen Raheel warned that his country would be compelled to end anti-terror cooperation with Afghanistan if ‘decisive and prompt’ action was not taken against the TTP hideouts and the group’s fugitive chief Mullah Fazlullah inside Afghanistan, said a security official.

The army chief, who was also accompanied by Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lt-Gen Rizwan Akhtar, handed Afghan and Isaf officials ‘dossier’ containing evidence linking Tuesday’s dastardly attack with the TTP safe havens inside Afghanistan.

The official told The Express Tribune that intelligence information was shared with Afghan authorities and Isaf about involvement of the Mullah Fazllulah group in the Peshawar terrorist attack. He added that Gen Raheel told the Afghan president that Pakistan’s military could eliminate TTP sanctuaries in Kunar and Nuristan on its own but was showing restraint due to Afghanistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The Express Tribune has learnt that a possibility of joint operation against TTP sanctuaries was also discussed. Sources revealed that the army chief offered Pakistan’s help in eliminating terrorists if Afghan security forces face any capacity issues.

A statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) confirmed that ‘vital elements of intelligence’ were shared with Afghan authorities regarding the Peshawar attack. The military’s media wing said the Afghan president assured Gen Raheel that the use of Afghanistan’s soil for terrorist activities against Pakistan would not be allowed and any signature found in this regard would be immediately eliminated.

The Isaf commander also assured Gen Raheel of his complete support in eliminating terrorists in his area of responsibility, the statement added. The army chief on his part assured the Afghan president of full support to the unity government in all spheres, including joint efforts against terrorists.

On his return, the army chief met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Peshawar and briefed him about the outcome of his crucial talks with the Afghan leadership as well as the Isaf commander.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 18th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Amir
    Dec 18, 2014 - 3:48AM

    This general is hallucinating. Why didn’t he get the deadline? Why using the soft tone with these afghans?

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  • ajeet
    Dec 18, 2014 - 5:16AM

    Hope this dossier doesn’t meet the same fate of the one India gave Pakistan after the Mumbai massacre.

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  • LandofOsama
    Dec 18, 2014 - 8:00AM

    Afghan has given the same assurance of eliminating Taliban which Pakistan is giving to afghans for the last 10 yrs of eliminating afghan Taliban n Quetta shura!

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  • abreez
    Dec 18, 2014 - 8:28AM

    After India, the worst enemies of Pakistan are Afghans, very soon COAS will learn that. But good strategy before anything else (Avitabile Doctrine) we should give Afghans a chance.

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  • Dr Ghulam Ali
    Dec 18, 2014 - 9:12AM

    General seems serious

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  • khanzada
    Dec 18, 2014 - 10:28AM

    At least he immediately made the trip to Afghanistan to do something about this. The politicians in their APC only made another Committee

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  • tariq
    Dec 18, 2014 - 10:39AM

    Why ask these jerks for anything, Pak Army should invade Afghanistan and get rid of these people

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  • insider
    Dec 18, 2014 - 11:30AM

    Send all afghan refugees BACK to afghanistan. enough of this plague.

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  • Nadir Mahmood
    Dec 18, 2014 - 1:47PM

    This time, actions must speak louder than speech.

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  • Tony Singh
    Dec 18, 2014 - 3:17PM

    And in a related news a Pakistani court grants bail to A.R. Lakhvi ( a key man in Mumbai attacks). This shows how seriously Pakistan establishment takes terrorism. And then they ask “Why did we deserve this?”

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  • Kumar
    Dec 18, 2014 - 11:10PM

    @Tony Singh:
    Ajit Kumar Duval is the Master mind behind attack. Will India hand him over to Pakistan?

    Mumbai was planned by Indian RAW itself. Even your own people said it was planned.

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  • Virkaul
    Dec 19, 2014 - 7:54AM

    @Amir:
    It is because his army harbours Afghan Taliban who attack ISAF and Afghan army. Unless sanctuaries in Pakistan are removed he lacks moral right to talk firmly.

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  • Milind
    Dec 19, 2014 - 10:08AM

    @Kumar – “Ajit Kumar Duval is the Master mind behind attack. Will India hand him over to Pakistan?”

    Proofs please… Don’t indulge in conspiracy and outlandish theories…

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  • Babbarsher Khan
    Dec 19, 2014 - 3:54PM

    “…..But it came only after Gen Raheel warned that his country would be compelled to end anti-terror cooperation with Afghanistan if ‘decisive and prompt’ action was not taken against the TTP hideouts and the group’s fugitive chief Mullah Fazlullah inside Afghanistan, said a security official….”
    At most this looks like purely for domestic consumption. No one believes that Pakistan has much leverage while dealing with Afghanistan. So pretending to put up a “mardaanaa” posture does not serve any purpose. Not so long ago we believed that some of the Talibans were good and were our strategic asset in the neighboring country. Let’s be honest and neutralize this common enemy together and with the help of international community.

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