ISLAMABAD – The US denied the sacrifices of Pakistani soldiers and people and ignored its major counter insurgency operation Zarb-e-Azb when US Department of Defence (DoD) leveled ‘unsubstantiated’ allegations.
In the latest development between the relations of ‘non-NATO’ allies – US and Pakistan – the later showed serious concern over ‘unsubstantiated’ allegations leveled in a report sent to US Congress by DoD.
According to the details, the report was prepared by US DoD under the title “Progress Towards Security and Stability in Afghanistan”. The report set a new debate in US and India and a hash-tag ‘#PentagonNailsPak’ could be seen trending. Moreover, in US prime time current affairs programmes this report and its content became the hot topic of discussions.
However, the Foreign Office of Pakistan (FoP) took serious notice and termed the allegations as ‘unsubstantiated’. An official communique issued by the FoP stated “While noting Pakistan’s cooperation with the US in areas of mutual interests, the recently–released report also carries unsubstantiated allegations of the existence of terrorist “sanctuaries” or that proxy forces are operating from here against Afghanistan and India. Pakistan’s protest over these unwarranted comments was conveyed by the Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz to the US Ambassador Richard Olson at the Foreign Ministry today.
The statement further read as “Such allegations are of particular concern at this point when Pakistan government has launched comprehensive operations against militants in North Waziristan. The military operation ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ has been broadly welcomed internationally, including in the US.”
The operation has successfully eliminated terrorist hideouts and is directed against all militants, without any distinction. We therefore hope that the issues will be seen in their correct perspective, statement maintained.