NATO to assist Pak Army in its offensive against Mehsud in South Waziristan?June 20th, 2009 - 2:24 pm ICT by ANI
Islamabad, June 20 (ANI): With the Pakistan government announcing a Swat like military offensive in South Waziristan with a primary motive to hunt down the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) chief Baitullah Mehsud, the NATO forces deployed in Afghanistan are also ready to extend help.
The allied forces stationed in Afghanistan will likely extend help in Pakistan’s military offensive, by sharing important intelligence inputs in order to prevent a probable spill-over of the militants, The Nation reports.
According to sources, unmanned US aircrafts have been constantly keeping a tight vigil and monitoring South and North Waziristan areas, to strike against the al-Qaeda and Taliban hideouts in the region.
When enquired about the deal between the Pakistan military and the NATO forces to share information, a top Pakistan official denied to either confirm or reject the deal on cooperation against Mehsud.
“Pakistan would definitely want the foreign troops stationed on Pak-Afghan border to prevent the militants from fleeing the battlegrounds by crossing over to their side of frontier in search of sanctuaries,” the official said.
Meanwhile, sources have also confirmed that the troops have blocked the roads leading to Mehsud’s stronghold in Makeen and other areas in South Waziristan, to prevent the warlord from fleeing from the region. (ANI)
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