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December 18, 2014

US offers help to probe Peshawar attack

 
December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON: The United States has offered its help in the wake of Peshawar attacks, should Pakistan decide to avail it. President Obama and his administration officials shared Pakistan’s grief and condemned the cowardly attack on Tuesday. The daily briefing of the US Department of Defence opened up with a statement against the attacks, as well extending “deepest condolences to the people of Pakistan.”
Pentagon’s spokesperson, Adm. John Kirby stated that the US has “certainly made it clear to Pakistan that we are willing to help in the wake of this attack should they want or need any.” He added that Pakistan has not requested for any assistance so far.
Kirby said that the US remains committed to supporting Pakistan in its efforts to combat extremism and to ensure stability in the region.He said such attacks represent a common threat that both the nations face and share. “One of the reasons why we have tried so hard to get the relationship with Pakistan onto solid footing — but this attack is a grim reminder that the threat is real, very real and that the Pakistani people continue to suffer at the hands of that threat.”
Earlier, President Obama issued a statement condemning the Peshawar incident saying: “The attacks demonstrates the depravity of the terrorists responsible.” The President also held a National Security meeting in this regard. According to a readout issued by the White House, “The president discussed the US security posture in Pakistan in light of the horrific attack in Peshawar that killed dozens of innocent students and children.” The meeting was attended by Vice President Joe Biden, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and the heads of various intelligence agencies, including CIA and FBI.
While Secretary John Kerry phoned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to offer his condolences, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said, “Pakistan is grieving today and we in the United States mourn alongside the families who

have lost their loved ones at the Army Public School in Peshawar. The Pakistani Taliban’s extremism and terrorism continues to deny peace and stability to the Pakistani people and their regional neighbours. We in the United States support the Pakistani government in their fight against extremism, and we stand with the people of Pakistan during this dark hour.”
Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee urged Pakistan to continue clearing the alleged safe havens. In a statement, he said, “The heinous attack demonstrates once again the barbarity of the Pakistani Taliban in pushing its extreme ideology, with complete disregard of the lives of innocent children and civilians.”