Top American officials are pushing to expand predator drone strikes beyond Pakistan’s tribal region and into the provincial capital of Balochistan, Quetta to put pressure on the Pakistan government to pursue Taliban leaders based in the city.
The US officials have also given the Pakistan government and army a list of eighteen top Taliban leaders, including Mullah Omar who it wants to be targeted in a show of urgency in dismantling the so-called ‘Quetta shura’, the Los Angeles Times reported.
‘Strikes inside Pak’
Noting that it is terrorism that poses threat to Pakistan and not India, US President Barack Obama on Monday said that his administration would not hesitate from striking inside Pakistan if it had actionable intelligence against top al Qaeda and Taliban leaders.
“I don’t want to comment on certain sensitive aspects to our efforts in this border region. I think it is fair to say, number one, that my principle is if we’ve got actual war intelligence on high-ranking al Qaeda leaders, or for those matter high-ranking Taliban leaders who are directing actions against US troops, then we will take action,” he said.