'US has common cause with Pak on war against terror'



Charlotte (North Carolina): The Pentagon has said that it has common cause with Pakistan on war against terror, and hoped that the two countries would continue to work together on this issue.

"We believe that the Pakistani government shares our view that terrorists threaten both countries, both Pakistan and the United States.

"Scores of Pakistanis have regrettably been killed by terrorists inside Pakistan," Pentagon Press Secretary, George Little, told reporters at a news conference yesterday.

"We, of course, have suffered losses as well, inside Pakistan and elsewhere, from al Qaeda and from other terrorist groups operating along the Afghan-Pakistan border," he said.

"So we have common cause with the Pakistanis. We're working closely with the Pakistanis on the counterterrorism issue, and we will continue to do so," Little said.

"I think that we're in a new place with US-Pakistani relations. We are on better footing these days, so I don't see any effect this one book has on US-Pakistani relations. We certainly hope it doesn't have that effect," he said referring to the book "No Easy Day," written by a former Navy SEAL, who participated in the operation to kill Osama Bin Laden.

Meanwhile, praying for the recovery of both American and Pakistani victims of the recent attack on US Consulate vehicle in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, a State Department spokesperson deplored this cowardly act of suicide bombing and terrorism took the lives of Pakistanis and indeed injured two of US personnel.

"The FBI is taking part in that investigation, is leading that investigation. Diplomatic security will assist as well. But to our knowledge, no one had claimed responsibility for the attack, and we're not going to speculate at this period on who may be responsible," State Department spokesperson, Patrick Ventrell, said.

PTI