WASHINGTON: Supporting Pakistan’s efforts for combating terrorism, violent extremism and constructing a extra secure and democratic society is within the long-term nationwide curiosity of the US, State Division Spokesman Mark Toner mentioned on Wednesday.
He was replying to a query throughout a briefing on the State Division on the current go to of Senator John McCain and a current listening to by a Congress committee, which demanded suspension of monetary help to Pakistan.
Toner mentioned Pakistan had suffered drastically from terrorism and the US believed that the nation was taking steps to deal with terrorist violence, notably centered on teams that threaten Pakistan’s stability.
“They (Pakistan) have made progress shutting down terrorist protected havens. They’ve restored authorities management in lots of elements of Pakistan which have been used as terrorist protected havens for a few years,” Toner mentioned.
He described these efforts as necessary and significant.He was of the opinion that Pakistan should goal all militant teams and mentioned the USA welcomed the feedback by the military chief Common Raheel Sharif made to the legislation enforcement businesses to take concrete measures to disclaim militant teams protected havens or use of Pakistani soil for terrorist actions. Toner mentioned the USA didn’t help the suspension of monetary help for Pakistan.
To a query, he mentioned there was no change within the US coverage on Kashmir including that the USA needed to see a dialogue between India and Pakistan on how you can resolve the Kashmir battle.
In the meantime, a Pakistan Embassy spokesman in Washington rejected the allegations made by Congressman Ted Poe in an opinion editorial printed not too long ago.Congressman Poe additionally criticised Pakistan at a listening to held on Tuesday on the Capitol Hill.
The spokesman in a letter to the US Information mentioned the views expressed by the Congressman have been based mostly on incorrect info and speculative media stories which have been constantly confirmed false over a time period.
He said that for the reason that killing of Osama Bin Laden, it had been established past doubt that he was hiding in Pakistan with out info or any assist from the state.No proof on the contrary has ever surfaced and the US management concerned within the particular operation at the moment has clearly rejected any insinuation of Pakistan’s complicity.
He mentioned the oped leaves aninsinuation of Pakistan’s complicity. He mentioned the op ed leaves an impression that Pakistan has performed nothing to combat terrorism. On the contrary, he mentioned Pakistan had helped the US seize key operatives concerned within the tragic 9’11 episode.
These included mastermind Muhammad Khalid Sheikh and alleged 9/11 organizer Ramzi Binalshibh. “Over the last two years, Pakistan has additionally cleared an enormous swath of a territory that was beforehand utilized by many militant networks together with the Haqqani Community,” he added.
The spokesman refused to touch upon Senator McCain’s name for extension within the tenure of Pakistan Military Chief Common Raheel Sharif. Senator McCain mentioned he needed to see Common Raheel Sharif to proceed as the military chief in order that the navy operations might be continued within the tribal space or different elements of the nation.