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Pak claims Afghanistan, ISAF given dossier on Mullah Fazlullah's presence in Kunar

Islamabad , Fri, 26 Oct 2012 ANI

Islamabad, Oct. 26 (ANI): Pakistan's Foreign Office has claimed that the country had given a dossier to the Afghan government and ISAF, which contained information regarding militant Mullah Fazlullah fleeing to Afghanistan from Swat.

Earlier on Thursday, Afghan authorities claimed that Islamabad had not shared with them any intelligence regarding the presence of fugitive Pakistani Taliban, including Fazlullah aka Mullah Radio, in eastern Afghanistan, reports The News.

Islamabad had earlier said that Fazlullah, the commander of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP - Swat chapter), has regrouped his fighters in the Afghan province of Kunar and has been mounting sporadic attacks on Pakistani border posts and villages.

According to the Pakistani military, Mullah Fazlullah's loyalists have carried out around 15 attacks in a year, killing dozens of people - both civilians and security personnel. He is also suspected to be behind the attack on 15-year-old education campaigner Malala Yousufzai. According to Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Fazlullah planned the attack, and that the attackers later returned to their "safe havens" in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan, however, claims that TTP militants are hiding in remote mountainous regions on the Pakistani side of the Durand Line.

Wasifullah Wasifi, the spokesperson for the governor of Kunar, said Pakistan has not shared any evidence to substantiate its claims about the presence of Mullah Fazlullah in Afghanistan.

Wasifi's comments came days after Pakistan took up the issue of Mullah Fazlullah's extradition with Marc Grossman, U.S. President Barack Obama's pointman for the region.

"Fazalullah and the terrorists fighting Pakistani forces are not in Kunar province. We do not accept Pakistan's claim that information about anti-Pakistani elements have been shared with us," Wasifi said, adding that the Swat Taliban spokesman had also claimed in several interviews that they were operating from Pakistan's border regions. (ANI)

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