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Afghan Leader Demands Pakistan Act Against Taliban

  • RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani asked Islamabad's political and military leaders to condemn the Taliban's annual spring offensive and to put Taliban leaders in Quetta and Peshawar under house arrest.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani asked Islamabad's political and military leaders to condemn the Taliban's annual spring offensive and to put Taliban leaders in Quetta and Peshawar under house arrest.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has written a letter to Pakistani leaders demanding that Islamabad take stronger action against Taliban militants.

Ghani's letter, which was reportedly sent last week, requested steps be taken by Pakistani officials to end the Taliban's safe haven in the country and for Islamabad's help in fighting the militant group's violent campaign in Afghanistan.

Ghani's letter, which RFE/RL has a copy of, comes amid strong public criticism of the Afghan government's controversial intelligence-sharing deal with Pakistan.

The Afghan and Pakistani spy agencies agreed this month to share intelligence and bolster cooperation in their fight against the Taliban.

The deal caused an uproar in the Afghan parliament and led many to accuse Ghani's government of selling out to Pakistan.

In the letter, Ghani asked Islamabad's political and military leaders to condemn the Taliban's annual spring offensive and to put Taliban leaders in Quetta and Peshawar under house arrest.

Afghanistan's engagement with Pakistan under Ghani in battling the Taliban is seen as a major policy shift from former President Hamid Karzai's government, which accused Islamabad of destabilizing Kabul.

With reporting by AFP
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