Govt dismisses report of elite Afghan force operating in Pak

Pakistan dismissed a media report about an elite Afghan force conducting operations against the Taliban on its soil and said no foreign troops are taking part in counter-terrorism efforts in its territory.

Updated: Sep 23, 2010, 23:12 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday dismissed a
media report about an elite Afghan force conducting operations
against the Taliban on its soil and said no foreign troops are
taking part in counter-terrorism efforts in its territory.

Commenting on a Washington Post report that noted
journalist Bob Woodward`s new book claims the CIA operates an
Afghan paramilitary force for covert operations against al-
Qaida and the Taliban, Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit
said the presence of foreign troops within Pakistan is a "red
line" that cannot be crossed by the world community.

"We are not aware of any such force as has been
reported by the Washington Post but our policy is very clear
we will never allow any foreign boots on our soil.

"This is one of our red lines and the international
community, as well as the US, knows about it," he told a
weekly news briefing here.

"So I can tell you that there are no foreign troops
taking part in counter-terrorism operations inside Pakistan,"
he said.

In response to another question about civil nuclear
cooperation between Pakistan and China, Basit said such
efforts are "ongoing in accordance with our respective
international obligations and our cooperation is under
relevant IAEA safeguards".

In light of this, objections to the nuclear
cooperation from any country or any quarter "do not hold any
water", he said.

PTI