US assures support to capture TTP chief, say defence officials



Defence officials said that the United States has assured Pakistan its full support to capture Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah.

According to officials, in case the TTP chief is arrested he would be subsequently handed over to Pakistan.

While giving briefing to a  Senate Defence Committee in Islamabad, the officials said that during his long visit to the US, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Raheel Sharif had also presented vital evidence of Indian involvement in subversive activities in Pakistan by using Afghan soil to top US intelligence and defence officials.

Defence officials further said US would also give Pakistan 1 billion dollars  this year under the Coalition Support Fund. The committee was briefed that the US would further give Pakistan used defence equipment to meet its security challenges for which the process had already begun.

Committee chairman Mushahid Hussain and members expressed displeasure over the absence of Defence Minister Khawaja Asif from the meeting.

A day after the Peshawar school attack-which left around 150 dead mostly children, Gen Raheel had also visited Kabul where he demanded the handover of Mullah Fazalullah.

Fazlullah was elected TTP commander in November 2013, following the death of former leader Hakimullah Mehsud.



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