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Pakistan Well Aware of Washington’s Concern over Terror Havens in Its Soil

(Last Updated On: December 1, 2016)

tonerUS Department of State says Pakistan is aware of US concerns over terrorist safe havens operating in its soil.

Deputy spokesman of US Department of State, Mark Toner says suppressing terror groups in Pakistan’s soil is in interest of Islamabad.

Toner noted that US and Pakistan cooperation in fighting against terrorism continues and Washington has close contacts with Islamabad.

“With respect to our counter terrorism cooperation with Pakistan, that’s ongoing. We work with them quite closely. They’re aware of some of our concerns, which include a safe haven for some terrorist groups that are active in the region. But again, as Kirby and I both made clear many times from this podium, Pakistan’s also paid the price of terrorism. It’s in their interests, obviously, to crack down on any terrorist group that may be finding safe haven within its borders,” said Deputy spokesman of US Department of State, Mark Toner.

This comes as Pakistan has appointed Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa as Army Chief of Staff in Unusually Smooth Transition.

“So let’s give the new General a chance to get up to speed, but we certainly congratulate him on the appointment and welcome his – the transition to a new chief of army staff,” Toner added.

The new Pakistani general vowed to fight against terrorism, but it is not clear how it would be practical or not.

Edited by Zack Arya

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