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Pak, Afghan, US officials to discuss war on terror

Senior officials from the three countries will meet in Aghanistan to improve cooperation and coordination in the war on terror.

india Updated: Feb 25, 2006 12:32 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press

Senior officials from Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States were to meet in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday to discuss how to improve cooperation and coordination in the war on terror, the Pakistani military said.

A team of Pakistani diplomats and military officials left for Afghanistan's eastern Khost province on Saturday to attend the Tripartite Commission meeting, said an army official, on condition of anonymity, without giving further details.

The commission is the main consultative body created several years ago to ensure better coordination and resolve any disputes relating to combating terrorism.

The meeting comes weeks after several US missiles struck homes in a Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border, killing 13 civilians.

Pakistani officials say the strike was aimed at targeting Al-Qaeda's No 2 Ayman al-Zawahri, who was not present at the time, but some of his deputies were believed to be killed.

Pakistan, a key ally of the United States in its war on terrorism, has faced criticism from US and Afghan officials over the infiltration of Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants from Pakistan into Afghanistan.

First Published: Feb 25, 2006 12:32 IST