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July 22, 2014

Pakistan assures US Zarb-e-Azb is against all terrorists

 
July 22, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday assured the United States that Islamabad was addressing the threat of terrorism through Operation Zarb-e-Azb which will ensure that there is no discrimination or distinction between the several terrorist groups in North Waziristan.
Voices have been raised in Washington that the army here is giving a safe passage to the Haqqani Network.The assurance was given to Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador James Dobbins by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Policy and National Security Sartaj Aziz, as well as Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif during wide-ranging talks on domestic and international issues on Monday.
During Dobbin’s farewell call on Pakistani officials, according to the Foreign Office, Pakistan committed to a peaceful, stable and united Afghanistan. Sartaj Aziz also underlined Pakistan’s support for a peaceful democratic transition, underscoring its vital importance for stability in Afghanistan and the region.
Dobbins told the Pakistani leaders that the US supported its relationship with Pakistan for regional stability and agreed to continue working together in order to build a stronger partnership to advance the common objectives.
The adviser highlighted the instrumental role of the Pakistan-US Strategic Dialogue in fostering closer collaboration between the two countries in diverse fields, including trade, economy, energy, counter-terrorism, education and science and technology.
Reviewing the process since its revitalisation last year, the two sides expressed satisfaction over the steady enhancement of mutual understanding and fruitful cooperation.The two sides reiterated their resolve to further deepen the bilateral relationship and strengthen mutual consultations on Afghanistan post-2014 with a view to advancing the shared objectives of peace, stability and economic development in the region and beyond.

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