Pakistan arrest some 200 Taliban fleeing Afghanistan

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Pakistan has nabbed about 200 Taliban militants fleeing from the battle field in southern Afghanistan where a U.S.-led NATO military offensive is going on against Taliban insurgents.

Pakistani government said it would hand over the arrested Taliban to the NATO forces, if they entered into Pakistan from Afghanistan, the official news agency APP reported on Monday.

Pakistan has increased military posts along the Afghan border in Balochistan Province to keep a watch over the Taliban's infiltrating in the wake of a NATO military offensive in Marja, southern Afghanistan.

The report said at least 26 new military check posts have been set up, which has climbed the military posts to 286.

Pakistani authorities said that Pak-Afghan border has been sealed and patrolling of the security forces has been increased. The authorities said Pakistan is committed to assist the NATO forces in their military offensive in southern Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, reports said police in northwest Pakistan has arrested Mulvi Kabir, one of the top 10 most wanted Taliban leaders and a former Taliban governor of Afghanistan's Nangahar Province.

Mulvi Kabir's arrest was made on the information obtained from Mullah Baradar, the Taliban's second-in-command, whose arrest was announced on Feb. 18 following a joint U.S.-Pakistani operation, reports said.

The arrest of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and several other top leaders inside Pakistan is an evidence of Pakistan's commitment to war on terror and its will to play a major role in negotiations with Taliban leadership. The arrest occurred in the wake of new American strategy to negotiate with some Taliban leaders to end the eight-year old Afghan war.

Pakistani and the NATO forces have agreed to timely sharing of intelligence information. During a meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Commander General McCrystal assured that the U.S. and the NATO forces would extend maximum intelligence collaboration to the Pakistani forces about the Taliban's infiltration into Pakistan.

In 2009, the U.S.-led NATO forces had removed more than half a dozen security checkposts on the Afghan side of the Pak-Afghan border just before the Pakistan Army offensive "Operation Rah-e- Nijaat" against the Taliban in Pakistan's restive tribal area of South Waziristan, bordering Afghanistan.

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