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Mullah Fazlullah should be targeted in Afghanistan not Pakistan: COAS tells US

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RAWALPINDI: A delegation of United States led by the top commander of American and NATO troops in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson on Friday called on Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif at GHQ in Rawalpindi.

According to a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the delegation included Commander Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan and Ambassador Richard Olson, US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

During the meeting, regional security situation, with particular reference to border management and peace and stability in Afghanistan in the post-21 May US drone strike environment came under discussion.

“Expressing his serious concern on the US drone strike in Balochistan as a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty, COAS highlighted as to how it had impacted the mutual trust and respect and was counterproductive in consolidating the gains of Operation Zarb-e-Azb,” ISPR said.

“Blaming Pakistan for instability in Afghanistan is unfortunate,” the COAS said, according to ISPR.

COAS demanded of targeting TTP and Mullah Fazlullah in their bases in Afghanistan. He also reiterated Pakistan’s resolve not to allow hostile intelligence agencies’ efforts, especially RAW and NDS, of fomenting terrorism.

The Army Chief further said Pakistan is committed to work for a long-term peace process for Afghanistan under the QCG framework, said the statement.