US report: Pakistan deployed troops from India to Afghan border

Pakistan has shifted 100,000 of its troops from its Indian frontier to launch an "unprecedented" crackdown on fighters along the Afghan border, the Pentagon said.

US report: Pakistan deployed troops from India to Afghan border

Pakistan has shifted 100,000 of its troops from its Indian frontier to launch an "unprecedented" crackdown on fighters along the Afghan border, the Pentagon said.

In a report to Congress released on Wednesday, the Pentagon estimated that about 140,000 Pakistani troops were taking part in offensives against fighters in the semi-autonomous tribal regions, known as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, or FATA, and the Northwest Frontier Province, near Afghanistan.

To carry it out, Pakistan has shifted more than 100,000 troops from the eastern border with India, according to the report.

This unprecedented deployment and thinning of the lines against India indicates that Islamabad has acknowledged its domestic insurgent "threat", the Pentagon said.

The Pentagon issued the report one day before the prime ministers of India and Pakistan are holding their first meeting in nine months.

"While this evolving approach is unlikely to have significant impact on the Afghan insurgency in the short term, it offers opportunities in coming months to have a greater impact on the conflict in Afghanistan depending on how PAKMIL (Pakistani military) operations evolve," the report said.


Reuters

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