Afghan forces on Tuesday captured five suspects of Peshawar school attack following intelligence from the Pakistan authorities.Pakistan intelligence agencies had provided information to Afghan authorities regarding presence of school attack suspects in an Afghan province.
Sources said the suspects were in coordination with the Peshawar school attackers on December 16 through telephone, and their communication record led to their arrest. They further said the suspects had been handed over to Pakistan, however, the government of Pakistan had not given any official word in this regard. Following the barbaric attack on Army Public School in Peshawar by Taliban on December 16 that claimed 149 lives including over 130 children, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif along with Director General Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar had dashed to Peshawar to give evidence to Afghan authorities regarding attackers hiding in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the United States on Tuesday declared Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah a “global terrorist,” making it a crime to engage in transactions with the man behind the December 16 attack in which 134 children at a Peshawar school were killed.
The State Department said in a statement the formal designation also allows the US. government to seize any of his property or interests in the United States, including those under the control of US. citizens. Fazlullah and the Taliban claimed responsibility for the school attack that resulted in the deaths of “at least 148 individuals, mostly students,” the department said. Fazlullah, who was also behind the 2012 assassination attempt on schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, was elected leader of the Taliban in 2013. The Pakistani Taliban was designated a terrorist organisation by the United States in 2010.