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`Pak failed to show its commitment to partner US`

Pakistan has failed to demonstrate its real commitment to partner with the US in the war against terrorism, a top American lawmaker has said.



Washington: Pakistan has failed to
demonstrate its real commitment to partner with the US in the
war against terrorism, a top American lawmaker has said,
echoing his colleagues` calls for reviewing the aid to
Islamabad.

"Although Pakistan has received billions of dollars in
US military assistance, and has assigned a considerable
portion of its forces to the Federally Administered Tribal
Areas, it has failed to demonstrate in fundamental ways a real
commitment to partnership with the US in pursuing threats to
both of our Nations," Congressman Norman Dicks said.

Washington: Pakistan has failed to
demonstrate its real commitment to partner with the US in the
war against terrorism, a top American lawmaker has said,
echoing his colleagues` calls for reviewing the aid to
Islamabad.

"Although Pakistan has received billions of dollars in
US military assistance, and has assigned a considerable
portion of its forces to the Federally Administered Tribal
Areas, it has failed to demonstrate in fundamental ways a real
commitment to partnership with the US in pursuing threats to
both of our Nations," Congressman Norman Dicks said.

"The confluence of circumstances and timing argues
strongly, in my judgement, for a more expeditious reduction of
our presence in the region.We should accomplish this objective
with some degree of caution, guarding against a vacuum similar
to the one that occurred at the end of the Soviet occupation
in 1989," Dicks said.

To this end, he said, the US should pursue its goals
in Afghanistan through political means.

"This has apparently been initiated in the form of
talks reported to be taking place between Taliban
representatives and US officials under sponsorship of the
German government," he said.

"As negotiations continue, they must take into account
the interests of surrounding nations such as Pakistan and
others to ensure that countries neighbouring Afghanistan do
not fight with one another along sectarian or tribal divides
within Afghanistan," Dicks said.

"Such negotiations should also be backed up by the
prospect of either US or international forces to ensure that
Afghanistan does not revert back to conditions prior to the
Taliban`s defeat," he said.

PTI

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