Pakistan providing inputs to US to carry out drone strike on MehsudApril 4th, 2009 - 1:29 pm ICT by ANI
London, Apr.4 (ANI): Pakistan is secretly providing intelligence inputs to US forces for carrying out drone strikes against Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Baitullah Mehsud, a senior Pakistan intelligence official has revealed.
The official said that the United States, after months of persuasion by Pakistan’s military leadership, agreed to carry out strikes on Mehsud’s hideout and terror camps along the ungoverned Pak-Afghan border area.
“We are mounting joint operations against Baitullah Mehsud which will hopefully soon show results,” The Daily Telegraph quoted an official, as saying.
He said that Washington was given information about Mehsud’s movement earlier also, but it was somehow ignored.
“Mehsud was traveling on a road from point A to point B, and twice we tipped off America. But nothing happened,” the official added.
Pakistan may have been denying any assistance to the US forces for carrying out missile hits. It has also denied use of its air base by the US Predator aircrafts and termed the strikes ‘counterproductive’,but this disclosure clearly suggests that Islamabad too is worried by the increasing influence of the Taliban inside its territory.
Following Mehsud’s announcement that he would carry out more attacks inside Pakistan similar to the Manawan police training academy strike, Pakistan’s concern has increased manifold.
The TTP chief has also threatened carry out ’spectacular’ attacks on America, and the increased frequency of US drone strikes in the areas of Pakistan along the Afghans border clearly suggests that the Pentagon is seriously worried about the issue. (ANI)
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