Pak denies reports of US military presence in Balochistan

US officials visit Quetta to coordinate between ISAF and Pakistan military.

Last Updated: Nov 28, 2010, 15:50 PM IST

Islamabad: The US and the Pakistan Army have denied media reports that the American administration had established a military presence in the restive southwestern province of Balochistan.

A statement issued by the US embassy here described media reports about Pakistan`s approval for a "presence" by the Office of the US Defence Representative at the Pakistan Army`s 12 Corps headquarters in Quetta as a "misrepresentation".

"There is no permanent US presence in Quetta. Episodic visits by a US team provides information and coordination support between the International Security and Assistance Force (in Afghanistan) and Pakistan military forces when ISAF operates periodically near the border with Pakistan," the statement said.
A spokesman for Pakistan`s Inter-Services Public Relations too denied the reports, saying they were "not correct".

US officials occasionally visit Quetta to provide information and coordinate between ISAF and the Pakistani military, the spokesman added.

PTI