Rawalpindi, Sept 8(ANI): There is consensus between the Pakistan Army and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in taking action against al-Qaeda and their supporters, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General (DG) Major-General Athar Abbas has said.
According to the military spokesman, the Pakistan Army was following al-Qaeda operative Younis al-Mauritani since last October, and he was captured in collaboration with the CIA this week, The Nation reports.
On Monday, the military had announced that it had arrested al-Qaeda's 'external operations' commander along with two other senior Al Qaeda operatives, Abdul Ghaffar Al Shami (Bachar Chama) and Messara Al Shami (Mujahid Amino), from suburbs of Quetta.
"He was planning to target US economic interests including gas and oil pipelines, power generating dams and strike ships and oil tankers through explosive laden speed boats in international waters," the Pakistan military said in a statement.
"This operation was planned and conducted with technical assistance of United States intelligence agencies with whom (Pakistan's) Inter-Services Intelligence agency has a strong, historic intelligence relationship," it added.
The United States also praised the operation, with a White House spokesman calling it an example of partnership between the two countries "which has taken many terrorists off the battlefield over the past decade". (ANI)