ISAF, Pakistani army to cooperate over Pak-Afghan border

Deputy Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Lieutenant General Nick Carter met today with Chief of the General Staff Pakistan Army General Waheed Arshad in the latest of a series of engagements aimed to bolster the military-to-military relationship between and ISAF and Pakistan, as well as collaboration to bring peace and security to the Afghan-Pakistan region, according to a press release from the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).Carter and Arshad discussed their mutually shared goals to promote stability in the region, including pressuring militant groups and strengthening cross border cooperation along the Pak-Afghan Border.

“ISAF and Pakistan are committed to peace and security on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, so these discussions are very important,” Carter said. “We are committed to achieving enduring solutions to security issues.”

Gen Allen to stay on despite investigation

The US commander of ISAF and American forces in Afghanistan, General John Allen, will keep his command even as he is investigated for “inappropriate” emails to a woman linked to the sex scandal involving former CIA director David Petraeus, a defense official said Tuesday.

The Pentagon official told reporters the FBI had uncovered a trove of 30,000 pages of correspondence between Allen and Jill Kelley, a key figure in the scandal that brought down the storied former general and CIA chief David Petraeus.

On Tuesday, the White House came out in support of Gen Allen, confirming that he will retain his command.

Pakistan shares dossiers on Fazlullah

Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Moazzam Ali Khan told reporters in a briefing last week that the Pakistani authorities had shared dossiers on Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan commander Mullah Fazlullah with both the Afghan government and ISAF. He added that Pakistan had requested both the Afghan government and ISAF to take action against Fazlullah.

Mullah Fazlullah is regarded as the mastermind behind the attack on Malala Yousufzai.

November 14, 2012

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