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Pakistan leader urges Afghanistan to stop militant exodus

Published on Jun 17, 2014 2:24 PM
 
Pakistan Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) personnel search a car at a checkpoint in Bannu near the border with the North Waziristan tribal agency on June 16, 2014. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has urged Afghan President Hamid Karzai to help stop militants escape a major military offensive, as Pakistani jets pounded Taleban hideouts for a third day on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has urged Afghan President Hamid Karzai to help stop militants escape a major military offensive, as Pakistani jets pounded Taleban hideouts for a third day on Tuesday.

Mr Sharif asked his Kabul counterpart to seal their porous border along a mountainous tribal area where the Pakistani army has deployed troops and tanks in a long-awaited crackdown on insurgents.

Fresh air strikes early on Tuesday targeted three Taleban militant strongholds in Mir Ali town in North Waziristan and killed 13 alleged militants, three security sources said, raising the total insurgent death toll to 190.

Pakistan's army launched the offensive - a long-standing demand of the United States - on Sunday, a week after an attack on Karachi airport killed dozens and marked the end of a troubled peace process.

 
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