Pakistan to make decision on NWA operation: US
[Pak Daily Times] A senior US diplomat on Saturday denied his visit to Pakistain was to push for a military offensive in the restive border region of North Wazoo. He said it was up to Pakistain to take any decision on the matter.
"No, I am here to continue the conversation we have been having with Pak leaders over the past several months," US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistain Marc Grossman said in a talk show on state-run Pakistain Television.
"On (the) particular question of North Waziristan (offensive) or any other question, that is the decision for the government of Pakistain and solely for the government of Pakistain," he said.
Grossman, who arrived in Islamabad on Saturday for talks with political and military leaders, had been asked if his visit was aimed at pushing Pakistain to carry out a military operation in North Waziristan.
The envoy, however, declined to comment on the issue of US drone strikes, saying "it is not a topic of conversation for me". "What I would like to say is that Paks and Americans can stand up together and declare the end of al Qaeda in this region. That would be a great joint strategic effort and that I hope will come soon."
Islamabad and Washington have been seeking to patch up their fractious relationship in recent months, with Pakistain allowing the reopening of the NATO
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supply route to Afghanistan, after a series of crises in 2011 saw ties between the "war on terror" allies plunge. But the attacks by unmanned US aircraft remain contentious and are deeply unpopular in Pakistain.
The US diplomat said the relationship between the two countries was "certainly back on track if you compare it with last year".
"What draws our countries together in this multi-faceted relationship is the fact that we are both victims of terrorism," which is a scourge and "let us fight it together".
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