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Neither Mr. Malik nor an MQM spokesman was immediately available for comment on Wednesday.
Keeping nuclear-armed Pakistan stable is a major concern for Washington, which is already unhappy with militants’ ability to use the country’s rugged tribal regions as safe havens from where they can plan attacks on Western troops in Afghanistan.
Pakistan has launched multiple army operations against militant groups who launch attacks on its soil, but, to the Americans’ chagrin, it has held off on going after insurgents whose primary focus is fighting in Afghanistan.
Also Wednesday, Pakistani army helicopters targeted militant positions in a remote area of the northwestern tribal region of Kurram, killing eight militants and wounding some others, said Asad Khan, a government administrator.
Associated Press Writer Hussain Afzal contributed to this report from Parachinar.
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