Militants Decry Attacks Against Pakistani Military

Published February 12, 2012 8:45AM (EST)

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's leading militants have called on fighters not to attack the Pakistani military in their most important sanctuary along the Afghan border.

Taliban and al-Qaida militants have long used the North Waziristan tribal area as a base to stage attacks against U.S.-led forces in neighboring Afghanistan.

Pakistan has refused U.S. demands to launch an offensive in North Waziristan. American officials have accused the Pakistani government of supporting some militants in the area.

A militant leadership council distributed a pamphlet Saturday saying fighters should honor an agreement not to attack Pakistani security forces in North Waziristan.

The council includes leaders of the Pakistani Taliban and the feared Haqqani network.

By Salon Staff

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