Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he spoke with Pakistan’s Chief of Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa and interim Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk and confirmed the death of Mullah Fazlullah the Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) leader.
Fazlullah was killed in a US drone strike in Kunar on Wednesday night.
“I spoke with Prime Minister of #Pakistan Nasirul Mulk and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and confirmed the death of Mullah Fazlullah. His death is the result of tireless human intel led by Afghan security agencies,” Ghani tweeted.
Ghani also said he urged the PM and Bajwa to take practical steps to bring Afghan Taliban residing in Pakistan to the negotiation tables.
Ghani further tweeted that Mulk and Bajwa congratulated him on the success of the ceasefire and called it a great achievement that both sides observed the ceasefire, Ghani.
“They also assured me that the death of Fazlullah is a great step toward building trust between the two nations and promised to support Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process,” Ghani said.
US Forces-Afghanistan spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Martin O’Donnell meanwhile confirmed the US Forces conducted a counterterrorism strike on Wednesday in Kunar province and that a senior leader of a terrorist organization had been targeted.
However, he did not reveal the identity of the target or the name of the group. He also stated that US-Forces were adhering to government’s ceasefire with the Taliban but that the ceasefire does not include counterterrorism efforts against Daesh, Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.