Pak spy agencies must be placed on a leash, says ANP leader

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Islamabad, July 21 : Awami National Party (ANP) leader Abdul Latif Afridi has asked the federal government to place Pakistan's intelligence agencies on a leash if it wants normalcy to prevail in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

Afridi claimed that the people of FATA were being sandwiched between the United States and the federal government.

According to the Daily Times, Afridi, who also heads the ANP's committee on tribal affairs, charged that Pakistan's interference in Afghanistan and its involvement with the Taliban had brought the war into the tribal region.

"Peace would remain elusive in the country and NWFP unless the government changed its existing Afghan policy," said the ANP leader. He said the world was looking towards the Tribal Areas with anxiety just because those areas were being used as sanctuaries and training grounds for al-Qaeda and "mujahideen" who were being pushed into Afghanistan to fight against the NATO and Afghan forces there.

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