In this Thursday, March 22, 2018 photo, Pakistani militant leader Fazlur Rehman Khalil, left, arrives at his compound in Islamabad, Pakistan. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
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Militant leader, ex-bin Laden ally roams freely in PakistanHe is crisscrossing Pakistan championing a fatwa, or Islamic religious decree, forbidding militant violence inside the country. But the mere fact that Fazlur Rehman Khalil, veteran leader of an organization designated as a terror group by the U.S., is free has experts questioning Pakistan's willingness to fight extremism.Khalil, once a close friend of the late Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, co-founded Harakat-ul-Mujahedeen, a group accused by India of attacking its forces in the Kashmir region and by the U.S. of training militants and carrying out attacks in Afghanistan. Afghanistan has criticized the fatwa because it is specific to Pakistan.Since the beginning of the year Pakistan has come under relentless pressure from the United States to crack down on militants, particularly the Haqqani network, it says has found safe havens in Pakistan.Khalil dismissed U.S. criticism of Pakistan for allowing militant leaders to roam free.Pakistan also repeatedly reminds the United States and its critics that it has lost thousands of soldiers – more than the U.S. and NATO combined in Afghanistan – fighting militants on its territory.
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