US mobilizes forces along Pak border
The United States has deployed hundreds of troops along Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan’s tribal region.Reinforced with gunships and heavy weaponry, some 500 of the forces had been stationed near Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan’s North Waziristan region, a senior Pakistani government official told our correspondent on condition of anonymity on Sunday. Nato copter intrudes into Balochistan.The official went on to explain that the motive behind the move was yet unknown,US-led forces in Afghanistan taking no action against Maulvi Fazlullah: Athar Abbas but that
the deployment could be part of a military drill to later launch a ground assault against the Taliban-allied Haqqani network of militants.Tribal sources, meanwhile, said that a curfew had come into force, preventing the Pakistani troops’ freedom of movement in the violence-hit region.
Last month, former US Joint Chief of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen claimed that Pakistan’s intelligence agency was supporting the network, which has been blamed for assault on the US embassy in the Afghan capital, Kabul. “The Haqqani network, for one, acts as a veritable arm of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency,” he had asserted.
The remarks prompted harsh responses from Pakistani officials, with the country’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani retorting that “this particular network, which the United States continues to talk about, is a network which was the blue-eyed boy of the [US Central Intelligence Agency] CIA itself for many years.”
“It is something that goes very, very unappreciated on our side,” she added, “This is unsubstantiated. No evidence has been shared with us.”
Washington has frequently blamed Islamabad for not doing enough to fight terrorism in its troubled northwestern tribal belt, which runs along the Afghan border.
In line with the accusation, the US has authorized the CIA to carry out non-UN-sanctioned drone attacks on the Pakistani soil.
Pakistan regards the strikes as violation of its sovereignty. Last year alone, the attacks killed over 1,200 people and injured hundreds more.