Evidence of Indian hand in terror acts in Pakistan handed over to US

Senate body told Washington has assured Islamabad of help in arrest or killing of TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah * US will give Pakistan $1 billion this year under CSF

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Defence was informed on Monday that the United States has assured Pakistan that Tehreek-i-Taliban (TTP) Chief Mullah Fazlullah would either be arrested or killed in Afghanistan, officials who attend the meeting told Daily Times.

The officials further said that in case of an arrest he (Fazlullah) would be subsequently handed over to Pakistan. Briefing the Committee in parliament house, defence 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. The committee further informed that the US would also give Pakistan $1 billion this year under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF). 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 other members expressed displeasure over the absence of Defence Minister Khawaja Asif from the meeting. The Senate Standing Committee on Defence was given an in-camera detailed briefing by the Secretary Defence Lt. General (R) Alam Khattak on recently held Pak-US Strategic Dialogue and visit of the Chief of Army Staff to USA. The session of the Committee was presided over by its Chairman Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed and was attended amongst others by Senators Mrs. Sehar Kamran, Ch. Shujaat Hussain, Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, Farhat ullah Babar and other high ranking officials of the Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs.

At the outset, the Committee offered Fateha for late King Abdullah and offered condolences to the Saudi Royal Family. Senator Mushahid, in his remarks, eulogized services of late King Abdullah and termed his death a great loss to the Muslim Ummah as he had worked with zeal and devotion for the unity of Muslims. The late King, Senator Mushahid observed, was a great friend to Pakistan and helped Pakistan in the hour of need.

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