Lahore: Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that his government is negotiating with the US on the issue of carrying out joint action against high-value targets inside the country.
Highlighting Pakistan’s tremendous sacrifices in the war against terrorism, Malik said that the country had suffered the most and 36,000 Pakistanis, including 6,000 troops, have been killed so far.
He said that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) considers both Pakistan and the US as its top enemies, The Express Tribune reports.
He also said that the terrorists had “inside support” during the attack on the naval-cum-Air Force base PNS Mehran.
US officials have increased pressure on Pakistan to go after Afghan Taliban militants long believed to be holed up on Pakistani territory after al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed by US Navy SEALs in Abbottabad.
However, they also seem to be trying to balance their anger, aware of the risk of wholly severing ties with the country.
Pakistan’s cooperation is considered vital to ending the war in Afghanistan.