Pak expresses concern over US statements on Pak-Shahzad links

Pakistan expressed concern over statements by US leaders linking the country with the recent failed New York car bombing by Faisal Shahzad.

Islamabad: Pakistan on Tuesday expressed
concern over statements by US leaders linking the country with the recent botched car bombing in New York by Pakistani-
American Faisal Shahzad.

Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar expressed the
views during a meeting with a US defence delegation led by
Brig Gen Mark S Martins, Deputy Commander of the Joint Task
Force in Afghanistan.

The delegation called on Mukhtar to exchange views on
anti-terror strategy and the security situation in the region.

Mukhtar said Pakistan should not be held responsible
or blamed for the acts of an individual.

The statements made by the US leaders "really hurt the
sentiments of the leadership and people of Pakistan, which was
the worst victim of terrorism", Mukhtar was quoted as saying
in an official statement.

He also made it clear that Pakistan had rendered
enormous sacrifices than any other country in the war on

Highlighting the gains made by Pakistan in this
campaign, he told the US delegation that the country is
committed to eliminating terrorism.

Pakistan had paid a heavy cost, in terms of human and
financial losses, while combating terrorism and extremism,
Mukhtar said.

The meeting underlined the need for promoting stronger
partnership between the two countries to overcome the security challenges being faced by them.

Martins said the US understood Pakistan`s difficulties
and acknowledged its efforts and key role against the war on

He emphasised the need for closer cooperation and
effective coordination between the two sides to defeat
terrorist elements.


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