US embassy denies forces’ presence in Quetta
ISLAMABAD: The US embassy on Saturday denied reports of US forces’ presence in Quetta.
The US embassy spokesman, while rejecting a recent news article that reported approval of a “presence” by the office of the Defence Representative at Pakistan military’s 12 Corps Headquarters in Quetta, said, “This reporting is a misrepresentation.” “There is no permanent US presence in Quetta,” the spokesman added.
He said that instead episodic visits by a US team provided information and coordination support between the International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) and Pakistan military forces, when the ISAF operated periodically near the border with Pakistan. Meanwhile, an ISPR spokesman in a statement released on Saturday also denied the news report regarding presence of US forces in Quetta. The spokesman said the news report was not correct.