US CENTCOM Commander raises serious concerns over TTP threat to Pakistan

US CENTCOM Commander raises serious concerns over TTP threat to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM), General Michael E Kurilla has raised concerns about increasing attacks by terror outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan link (TTP) in the South Asian country.

The top US commander, in an exclusive interview link a Pakistani publication, said Washington is concerned at the threat posed by the banned outfit to Pakistan’s security, as he reiterated the bilateral relationship between the two sides.

He hailed opportunities to expand cooperation in areas of mutual interest, such as counterterrorism and border security, days after US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price signaled a commitment to help Islamabad against the re-emergence of terrorism.

The United States army general visited Pakistan at a time when terror attacks escalated and border tensions have been soaring between Islamabad and Kabul after deadly skirmishes on the Chaman-Spin Boldak border.

He further mentioned that US security officials communicate with Pakistani counterparts to discuss security threats.

Recalling his meeting with new Army Chief General Asim Munir, the top US commander said he about additional cooperation on counter-terrorism operations and border security, calling it matters of great importance for both sides.

He confirmed his visit to Peshawar Corps to review security in the area bordering Afghanistan and visited the Khyber Pass where we observed defensive belts and observation posts, the report said.