Pakistani Official: Attack Taliban

    Asfandyar Wali Khan, chief of the Pakistani Awami National Party (ANP) and a ruling coalition partner, arrives to attend a joint session at the Parliament House in Islamabad on January 13, 2012. Pakistan's prime minister appealed for backing from lawmakers, saying they had to choose between democracy and dictatorship amid a confrontation with the military that could see his ouster. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told MPs that democracy must survive, regardless of whether or not current leaders survived legal challenges to their rule, concerning corruption claims and a mysterious memo that sought US help in curbing the army's power. AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    In an uncharacteristic move, a senior Pakistani official, Asfandyar Wali Khan, called for Pakistan to track down Taliban-militant sanctuaries. Khan is the first ally of President Asif Ali Zardari’s to express agreement with the United States’ demand that Pakistan take action against the Taliban’s militant sanctuaries. Khan’s comments came after a senior minister, one of his party colleagues, was killed in a suicide attack in Peshawar on Saturday. “We must go after their sanctuaries,” he said. “Whether anyone stands with us or not, we have to fight this mindset.”

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