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US deadline to Pak: Capture Kashmiri, Omar by July

The US has reportedly given Pakistan a deadline till July to start the military offensive in North Waziristan to capture five most wanted al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders.

world Updated: Jun 02, 2011 10:47 IST

The US has reportedly given Pakistan a deadline till July to start the military offensive in North Waziristan to capture five most wanted al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders.

Palistani security forces have been asked to hunt down Ayman al-Zawahiri, Mullah Omar, Ilyas Kashmiri, Sirajuddin Haqqani and Atia Abdur Rehman -- either in a unilateral or joint military action within the deadline till July -- the month when NATO and allied forces will begin withdrawing from neighbouring Afghanistan.

The US has been pressuring Pakistan to target the Haqqani network, which uses North Waziristan to conduct
cross-border attacks on foreign troops in Afghanistan.

Under US pressure to flush out militants from their stronghold of North Waziristan, Pakistani army is to launch a limited operation in the restive tribal belt and is unlikely to focus exclusively on the Haqqani
terror network.

Without elaborating when the operation would be launched, the local media quoting unnamed sources said the campaign
would be a limited one primarily targeting al-Qaeda, Taliban and foreign fighters.

The military operation is unlikely to focus exclusively on the Haqqani network, the Dawn newspaper quoted military
officials as saying.