Suspected US Drone Strikes Kill Pakistani Taliban Commander

Suspected US Drone Strikes Kill Pakistani Taliban Commander

Kerry Wise
February 11, 2018

Asif said Pakistan expects the fence to be completed by the end of 2019.

"It won't cost them much", Asif said of the U.S.in an interview on February 2 in Islamabad.

"Treasury continues to aggressively pursue and expose radicals who support terrorist organizations and run illicit financial networks across South Asia", said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.

"The war [in Afganistan] is costing them much more", he was quoted as saying.

He also defended the repatriation of two million Afghan refugees saying it was crucial for establishing peace in the region because refugee camps were breeding grounds for militants.

Pakistan opposes USA drone strikes, saying they violate its sovereignty.

Pakistan and Afghanistan have denounced each other for harbouring insurgents, prompting relations to drastically sour in the past year.

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Qaiser Khan Afridi, a spokesman for the UN Refugee Agency in Islamabad, said there were funding shortages for Afghan refugees as resources have been diverted to other places like Syria and Iraq.

The announcement comes two weeks after the United States blacklisted six people accused of supporting the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network, which is based in Pakistan and allied with the Taliban, according to RFE/RL.

Earlier, the Afghan Interior Minister and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief visited Islamabad and met Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi along with other top civil and military officials for seeking Pakistan's cooperation in the wake of the deadly attacks in Afghanistan.

"Any free movement from their side to our side, or our side to their side, can breed mistrust and obviously some terrorist activity on our side or on their soil", he said.

Early last month, the US government announced it was suspending security assistance to the Pakistani military until it took "decisive action" against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network that are operating in neighboring Afghanistan.

The foreign minister said fencing the border is in the mutual interest of both Afghanistan and Pakistan.