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US not pressurizing Pakistan for military operation in NW: Munter

ISLAMABAD: United States Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has made it clear that Washington is not pressuring Islamabad for launching operation in North Waziristan, added that cordial ties with India is in the interest of Pakistan.

Global Studies hosted Special Roundtable on the United States of America and about Pakistan, US, challenges, opportunities and future prospects in Islamabad on Friday. The Chairman of Global Studies Senator Anwar Baig and former military personalities attended it.

Talking to media after his address to a seminar, Cameron Munter clarified that the United States has not decided to send troops to North Waziristan and termed reports in this regard as baseless.

The United States is not pressuring Pakistan for launching military operation in North Waziristan, he underlined.

He said that the US wanted cordial ties with Pakistan, adding that Washington would continue its cooperation with Islamabad for the strengthening of democratic system.

The US Ambassador condoled over the assassination of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer and termed it as a big tragedy.

“ Former US Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrook had played an important role for the strengthening of Pak-US relations, he added”.

He pointed out that Pakistan was facing critical time and added fighting for its protection and assured that Washington would not leave Islamabad alone in this difficult situation.

Terming terrorism as joint enemy of Pakistan and US, Munter said that the two countries were facing common challenges and added that Pakistan was playing very important role in war on terror.

He said that Pakistani Army and people rendered great sacrifices in war on terror and noted that the US acknowledged it.

He suggested that they should respect each other and assured that the US would fulfill the security requirements of Pakistan, as the US wanted stable and economically strong Pakistan.

The US Ambassador proposed Indo-US ties should not be taken into negative sense and harmful for Pakistan and suggested that Pakistan should take advantage of Indian economic progress and there should be increase contact on public level between the two countries.

Pakistan and India disputes have historic background but the two countries should resolve their issues through dialogue, he added.

Munter noted that danger was increasing in Pakistani tribal areas eighteen month ago but Pakistani army had ended it. He hoped that Pakistan would assure the elimination of terrorism as the terrorism is not only danger for Pakistan and US but it is joint enemy of the region.

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