ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A special investigations unit in Karachi said it seized a top Taliban commander as Islamabad debates the U.S. incursion into neighboring Afghanistan.
Karachi authorities said they arrested Hayatullah Hamyo, who they believe was a top Taliban commander using a job in the Pakistani telecommunications sector as a cover, Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reports.
His capture comes as lawmakers expressed their frustration with the U.S. military surge in neighboring Afghanistan. Islamabad worries the influx of American troops could push militants across the border into the volatile tribal regions of Pakistan, where military forces are engaged in their own Taliban counteroffensive.
U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was in Islamabad recently to allay Pakistani concerns about the military activity in Afghanistan.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Tuesday that international forces should make sure the war in Afghanistan does not spill over into his country.
He said Pakistan paid a huge price for instability in Afghanistan, losing more than 3,000 people since July 2007.
The Dawn report adds some Pakistani lawmakers are considering a fence along the Afghan border in order to control militant infiltration.