US slaps more sanctions on Pakistan-linked militants

US slaps more sanctions on Pakistan-linked militants

US slaps more sanctions on Pakistan-linked militants

"The vehicle was completed destroyed", an intelligence official told the daily, adding that there were at least three reported drone strikes on the Pakistan-Afghan border in the last 24 hours.

The two-day meeting was a follow-up of discussions on Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) - a joint action plan for cooperation in the areas of counter-terrorism and reduction of violence, peace and reconciliation, Afghan refugees' repatriation and joint economic development.

Sajna was believed to be residing in Khost and was returning to the Waziristan region with his fighters when the drone hit them, according to sources within his Mehsud tribe.

Addressing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the State Department's No. 2 official said on February 6 that Washington intends to "hold Pakistan accountable for its failure to deny sanctuary to militant proxies".

Washington has designated Sajna a global terrorist. The US administration called on the governments of Pakistan and other South Asian countries to deny sanctuary to risky individuals and organisations.

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Sajna was wanted by the authorities in Pakistan in several cases including suicide attacks on security forces and a 2012 Bannu jailbreak in which 384 prisoners fled.

Also Thursday, missiles fired from U.S. drone slammed into a vehicle in Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province, killing four militants, said Shah Mohammad Aryan, a spokesman for the provincial chief police.

Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal tweeted that during the meeting, Pakistan put emphasis on strengthening border management on the Afghan side.

The strike came as Afghanistan witnessed a spike in Taliban attacks in the country, particularly the capital city of Kabul. "Pakistan also urged the Afghan government to take action against anti-Pakistan terrorists", he wrote.

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