Fugitive TTP chief: Gen Raheel didn’t ask for Fazlullah handover, says Afghan army chief

Published: December 21, 2014
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A file photo of General Raheel Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of General Raheel Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: 

Afghan army chief General Sher Muhammad Karimi said on Friday that his Pakistani counterpart General Raheel Sharif has not asked for handing over of the fugitive chief of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Mullah Fazlullah, who is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan.

General Raheel and ISI chief Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar visited Kabul on December 17, a day after the deadly Taliban attack on the Army Public School and College in Peshawar. Gen Raheel had shared “vital elements of intelligence with concerned authorities, with regard to the Peshawar incident,” the army spokesman had said.

However, the Afghan army chief said that the top Pakistani military officials didn’t ask for custody of Mullah Fazlullah. “They didn’t mention Mullah Fazlullah. He doesn’t live in Afghanistan and we are not sheltering him,” Gen Karimi told a local Radio channel in Afghanistan.

“We have a long and porous border, so it is possible he might be operating from both sides of the border like other terrorists. But he is always on the run. We have never sheltered terrorists and will never do so,” he said referring to Mullah Fazlullah.

Pakistan believes the TTP chief has regrouped his fighters on the Afghan side of the border and operates from there “We’ve reached the conclusion that Kabul and Islamabad should unite in the fight against terrorism,” Gen Karimi said.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 20th, 2014. 

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Reader Comments (36)

  • Wali
    Dec 21, 2014 - 3:58PM

    Nice one… so much for an improvement in relationship. It is basically chickens coming home to roost. The line
    “We have a long and porous border, so it is possible he might be operating from both sides of the border like other terrorists. But he is always on the run. We have never sheltered terrorists and will never do so,”
    could have been coming from a Pakistan official years ago!

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  • PaqizaPsmandghi
    Dec 21, 2014 - 4:00PM

    Naturally!

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  • Dec 21, 2014 - 4:06PM

    When mulla Fazlullah was injured in a drone strike awhile ago.
    He was attended by Hamid Karzai’s physicians. Stayed under
    Karzai’s and Afghan forces protection while he recuperated.
    Now this two dollar thug, Karimi is saying this.

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  • shazada Zahid malik-loan
    Dec 21, 2014 - 4:09PM

    If has not asked for the Mullah Fazlulla than what did he ask for? Either he got cold feet or he is planning to send in Pakistani special forces to hunt him down and bring him back home or he was afraid in case the Afghans asked for Mullah Umar. We need to know – it is urgent.

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  • A-No.1
    Dec 21, 2014 - 4:18PM

    Will the Afghan army chief mind if the SSG take out Fuzlulu?

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  • hums
    Dec 21, 2014 - 6:16PM

    Wow!!! More confusion

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  • F16 - SSG Nightmare
    Dec 21, 2014 - 6:41PM

    so what did he ask for a cup of tea!.. maybe a few afghan botis.. Gen came and only came for one purpose and that was fazullah.. stop confusing your own public.. Surgical Strikes are imminent if you dont take action against your sanctuaries.. GEN RAHEEL DOESN’T MESS ABOUT!..Dont upset a nuclear armed country

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  • wb
    Dec 21, 2014 - 7:01PM

    @Peshawar wala:

    Is this one of your hare-brained theories or you have any evidence?Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 21, 2014 - 7:08PM

    I feel sympathy for General Raheel. The baggage left by Kayyani and Musharaf is not easy to carry. For example, Musharaf never accepted that OBL was in Pakistan. Afghans are repeating same words.

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  • American
    Dec 21, 2014 - 7:11PM

    @A-No.1:
    Will the Pakistani army chief mind if the ISAF take out Haqqani and Mullah Omar in Pakistan ?
    Will the Pakistani army chief mind if the Indians take out LeT’s Lakhvi and JuD’s Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan ?

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  • Fareed
    Dec 21, 2014 - 7:18PM

    Well definitely he didn’t ask for Fazlu cause it would have been supported by an statement of ISPR.. I wonder why public pakistanis are so naive.. instead of posting confused questions here why dont you go and ask your government to share his meeting agenda!

    Mr Karimi also rejected the statement that was issued by mr Aziz today – ET please cover that and publish this.

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  • saleem
    Dec 21, 2014 - 7:42PM

    The truth is Afghanistans intelligence keeps Fazlullah as an asset. Pakistan should pursue its own interests. It should take unilateral action.

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  • Ifti
    Dec 21, 2014 - 7:52PM

    Yes, he didn’t ask for a handover, he will take him down in Afghanistan.

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  • orion
    Dec 21, 2014 - 8:20PM

    Fazalullah doesn’t live in Afghanistan, Haqqanis don’t live in waziristan, Latif mehsud had gone to buy some lambs from khost and NDS does not support TTP and ISI does not support afghan taleban. You got my point.

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  • Ali
    Dec 21, 2014 - 9:12PM

    That’s ok we have decided to nuke Kabul once for all

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  • Umair
    Dec 21, 2014 - 9:14PM

    Well did our COAS & ISI DG go for Kabuli Pulao there then? Btw this the same Afghan general who said Afghanistan’s territory starts at river Indus.

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  • Aslam
    Dec 21, 2014 - 9:28PM

    @Umair:
    Yes, that is the fact.

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  • goldconsumer
    Dec 21, 2014 - 9:39PM

    @American:
    You did it with OBL? didnt you? Or you didnt?

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  • Khalid
    Dec 21, 2014 - 10:08PM

    General Abdul Razzaq Achakzai of Afghan army has ordered his troops to chase the afghan taliban across durand line. period

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  • Zen
    Dec 21, 2014 - 10:50PM

    @Ali:
    Any time frame? You know that USA has its toy called ICBM?Recommend

  • Mirza
    Dec 22, 2014 - 12:06AM

    You bad boy we hate you for spilling the beans. Just shut up, please I beg you.

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  • Abdul Basit
    Dec 22, 2014 - 1:46AM

    Pakistan can learn security from Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia all cities have a check point at entry and exit. All movements are checked like we have checks at the airports.

    People who move with guns from one town to the other can be spotted at these check points.

    Trucks loaded with explosives can be stopped before they enter a city.

    Let us do it.
    The time is now.

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  • Dec 22, 2014 - 5:31AM

    @American:
    Will India mind if Pakistan launched a surgical strike to knock down “Swami” who is on BAIL and roaming free in India and accused of burning the Pakistani passengers in the famous “SAMJHOTA Express” case.

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  • Tina
    Dec 22, 2014 - 6:33AM

    @Peshawar wala: Does that story ring a bell?

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  • Adnan
    Dec 22, 2014 - 7:53AM

    It is very simple. Pakistan should stop all Afghan transit routes and also stop flights going over its territory to Afghanistan.

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  • Kazmis
    Dec 22, 2014 - 1:23PM

    But all Pakistani newspapers wrote he asked Fazalullah in his visit to Afghanistan…But what if he ask now?

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  • Dec 22, 2014 - 4:41PM

    Hey wb ‘water bottle’ still spewing your anti Muslim hate?

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  • JSM
    Dec 22, 2014 - 6:13PM

    @Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad:
    No we will not mind. Why do’nt you do it? At least give it a try.You may succeed.

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  • Dec 23, 2014 - 5:30AM

    @Peshawar wala:
    No need to explain or prove anything to a hindu troll.
    Just ask Modi

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  • Tyggar
    Dec 23, 2014 - 8:50AM

    @Peshawar wala:

    Ahhh ..one of your new identities after Rangoonwala, Lahorewala, Kohistan wala, Motiwala, Karachi wala etc?

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  • افغان ميهن
    Dec 23, 2014 - 11:56AM

    @ F16 SSG Nightmare

    Where were your nukes when Salala incident took place and when US Navy Seals entered Pakistani airspace to execute OBL? Get real!

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  • Dec 23, 2014 - 1:47PM

    @Tyggar:
    Keep going.

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  • JD
    Dec 23, 2014 - 2:41PM

    ISPR will you please clarify if General Raheel was there just for afghan pulao or did he ask for Fazlullah´s handover ?

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  • Dec 23, 2014 - 2:42PM

    @Tyggar:
    include me too

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  • Dec 23, 2014 - 4:46PM

    @wb:
    Looks like. Afghan havildar Karimi is eating crow. Brought
    over by ISAF commander. to apologize to Gen. Sharif.
    Must be devastating to hindus trolls.

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  • افغان ميهن
    Dec 28, 2014 - 4:19AM

    @Hoshang Ansari.:

    Afghan havildar is a Sandhurst graduate, and eating crow is a habit of your leaders not Afghans. Nothing is going to happen to Fazlullah as long as your duplicitious nature does not reciprocate. Talking trash might make you feel good but reality is something else. All that talk about unilateral action and hot pursuit fizzled out, so who ate crow here is open to debate.

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