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Enemies of Afghanistan are enemies of Pakistan: COAS

Enemies of Afghanistan are enemies of Pakistan: COAS

* Gen Raheel says menace of terrorism has badly hurt both Pakistan and Afghanistan and needs to be tackled boldly




















KABUL/ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Tuesday said enemies of Afghanistan are enemies of Pakistan.
He paid a crucial visit to Kabul on Tuesday amid the reports that the terrorists involved in the recent spate of bloodshed in Pakistan had their traces across the border. The day-long visit saw the army chief’s interactions with the top government functionaries and the military commanders from Afghanistan. According to security sources, the visit took place following intelligence reports that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Fazlullah directly masterminded the recent Imambargah attack in Peshawar reportedly from Afghanistan’s Kunar province or its adjoining belt, that left several people dead. “There was credible intel (intelligence) information that it was cross-border activity,” the sources commented on the army chief’s visit, who was accompanied by his military aides.
This was General Raheel’s second visit to Afghanistan since December 17, 2014 when he had rushed to Afghanistan to share information with the Afghan authorities regarding TTP’s involvement in Peshawar school attack, a day after the deadly attack on Army Public School in the provincial capital had left 150 people dead including 134 school children, on December 16. On Tuesday, the TTP also claimed responsibility of yet another deadly attack on security personnel in Lahore that left at least 10 policemen dead. During Tuesday’s visit, Director General Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar, DG MilitaryOperations( DG MO) Major General Aamir Riaz Rana and other senior officials from the ISI’s Counterterrorism and Counter-intelligence Directorates and the Directorate General of Military Operations reportedly accompanied the COAS. Military Spokesman and DG Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said the COAS met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. “Both appreciated improving relations, pledged to continue operations on respective sides, won’t allow use of soil versus each other,” he said in a tweet. Separately, General Raheel also met Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Abdullah Abdullah. Dr Abdullah, according to Bajwa, acknowledged overall “positive trajectory in bilateral relations, concrete progress in operations, border management and intelligence sharing.” The security officials said Pakistan’s military delegations held low-key meetings with the Afghan military and intelligence authorities led by their army chief General Sher Muhammad Karimi. Last week, DG ISPR told a press briefing that Pakistan demanded of Afghanistan to “either handover Fazlullah to Pakistan or to eliminate him.” He said that the two countries were in contact over tracking down the TTP chief. 


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AL JAZEERA : On the Front Lines with the Taliban



Taliban fighters

Nagieb Khaja for Al Jazeera America

On the Front Lines with the Taliban

Fault Lines reports from the Taliban stronghold of Charkh District, just an hour outside Kabul. Reporter Nagieb Khaja gains unprecedented access to Taliban fighters as they attack an Afghan National Army (ANA) base, and he investigates what the ANA are up against as U.S. troops withdraw this year.

Reporter Nagieb Khaja gains unprecedented access to the Taliban as they launch an attack on an Afghan National Army Base in Charkh District, just an hour outside of the Afghan capital Kabul. Khaja follows a dawn raid as the Taliban pound the ANA base with rockets and machine guns, and he witnesses suicide attackers attempt to enter through the main gates. ISAF planes circle overhead, and Khaja is concerned that they will engage. He watches the Taliban deal with losing men and interviews a local Talib about what he does when he’s not engaged in warfare.

Fault Lines interviews retired U.S. Four-Star General Jack Keane and Kurt Volker, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2008 to 2009), to get their analysis on the battle and what the future holds for Afghanistan. “On the Front Lines with the Taliban” gives a rare look into the internal workings of the Taliban and illustrates some of the issues facing the Afghan National Army as the U.S. withdraws its troops.

Credits for Clover Films 
SENIOR PRODUCER: Jamie Doran CORRESPONDENT: Nagieb Khaja DIRECTOR: Nagieb Khaja PRODUCER: Nagieb Khaja PRODUCER: Tom Greenwood CAMERA: Nagieb Khaja FIELD PRODUCER / 2nd CAMERA: Aziz Ahmad Tassal ADDITIONAL CAMERA: Hamid Mangal TRANSLATION: Ajmal Safi PRODUCTION MANAGER: Tracey Doran-Carter ASSISTANT PRODUCER: Laura Kramer EDITOR: Tom Greenwood ADDITIONAL EDITING: John Moratiel FIXER: Atequllah Masod

Credits for Fault Lines 
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mathieu Skene COMMISSIONING PRODUCER: Lucy Kennedy @lucymkennedy SENIOR PRODUCER: Carrie Lozano @carrielozano SENIOR PRODUCER: Reem Akkad @reemakkad SENIOR DIGITAL PRODUCER: Kristen Taylor @kthread PRODUCER: Laila Alarian @LailaAlarian PRODUCER: Nafeesa Syeed @NafeesaSyeed PRODUCER: Samuel Black @potter_black ADDITIONAL CAMERA: Joel Van Haren @joelvanharen, Paul Abowd @PaulAbowd DIGITAL PRODUCER: Nikhil Swaminathan @sw4mi ASSOCIATE DIGITAL PRODUCER: Danielle Powell @DanielleJenene EDITOR: Warwick Meade @warwickmeade EDITOR: Jennifer Beman @jbwpost RESEARCH & PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE: Melissa Etehad @


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