Mullen says raised Balochistan issue with India

 Geo news Wednesday, December 09, 2009 WASHINGTON: Chairman of the US Joints Chief of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen said he has raised the issue of interference into Balochistan with the Indian leadership, Geo News reported Wednesday.
Talking to Geo News correspondent Sami Ibrahim, the US Army Chief said he held talks over the reservations of Pakistan with his Indian counterparts both former and the present one Gen Deepak in addition to the Indian political leadership.

He said he had meeting over the issue with Chief of the Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is involved in the killings of the US citizens, on which US has concerns, Mullen said adding Al-Qaeda and Taliban are aiding each other in the
Pak-Afghan border area, which has spurred the violent incidents in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The US Army chief said Pak Army has taken up vital measures to cope with the extremists and clinched successes, adding the relations between Pakistan and the US are based on mutual interests

Mullen said the new strategy of US President Obama is also for other countries of the region in addition to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He also said if Indo-Pak tension is terminated and headway towards the resolution of Kashmir issue is achieved, then the issue regarding the regional stability to a large extent would be resolved, adding the resolution of this issue would have a wholesome impact on the region.

On a query regarding the relations between Pentagon and the GHQ, Mullen said there is no communication gap between the two, adding, ‘We have very strong relations, as we talk on General Kayani regularly on phone.’

Taliban groups seems impressed from Al-Qaeda ideology; while, new emerging Taliban have no theory at all, he said responding a question.

JUT, Al-Qaeda, African Taliban and Pakistani Taliban have connections with each other, which have posed threat to the world, he added