`US in discussions with Pak on dismantling Qaeda`

Hillary Clinton said Pak is a key ally in the joint fight against terrorists.

Washington: Hailing Pakistan for taking
measures against terrorists inside the country, Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton has said US was in discussions with
Islamabad on what more could be done to dismantle the al Qaeda
and its associates.

Hillary, who went on a surprise trip to Pakistan last
week, said the country was a key ally in the joint fight
against terrorists that threaten both the countries as well as
the region and beyond.

"When I was there, we discussed our cooperative
efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda and to also
drive the associated terrorists who are targeting both
Pakistanis and, across the border in Afghanistan, Americans,
coalition troops, and Afghans.

"So we are discussing a number of approaches that we
think could assist us in this very important fight," she told
reporters in response to a question.

Hillary said there was "no doubt" that the progress US
has made against al Qaeda and associated terrorists could not
have happened "without Pakistani cooperation between our
governments, our militaries, our intelligence agencies."

"There`s still a lot of work to be done, so we are in
the process of discussing what more the Pakistanis could do.
We will continue to do our part working together," she said.


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