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Pakistan army seeks US intelligence on Zawahiri

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 10, IRNA -- Pakistan army Sunday asked the United States to share information about the presence of the al-Qaeda Chief Ayman al-Zwahiri.

The army spokesman made the demand a day after new US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said in Afghanistan that he believed Ayman al Zawahiri is living in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

“Pakistan army is already carrying out intense operations against al-Qaeda and its affiliates who are a threat to security of our country and people,” a Pakistan army spokesman in response to the statement of Mr Panetta about presence of al-Qaeda leadership in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

He said the operations include pursuit and targeting ‘terrorists leadership and high value targets,’ he said in a statement.

“We expect US intelligence establishment to share available information and actionable intelligence regarding al-Zawahri and other High Value Targets (HVTs) with us enabling Pakistan army to carry out targeted operations,” the spokesperson concluded.

Panetta, who arrived on unannounced visit to Kabul on Saturday, said he believed Zawahiri was living in Pakistan’s tribal areas, and “he’s one of those we would like to see the Pakistanis target”.

Al-Zawahri was appointed the al-Qaeda chief after the killing of Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani city of Abbotabad on May 2.

Pakistan is now under mounting US pressure to launch search operation for the al-Qaeda leaders, the US claims, are hiding in Pakistan.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30470625

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