Petraeus acknowledges Pakistan’s efforts

Agencies July 12, 2010

ISLAMABAD: US General David Petraeus on Monday praised Pakistan’s fight against Taliban militants during a key first round of talks since taking command of US-led Nato troops in Afghanistan.

General Petraeus met Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani at General Headquarters. The officials talked about regional stability, the anti-terrorism campaign and the presence of militants in tribal areas, especially in North Waziristan, officials said.

US and Nato officials say Pakistan is vital to reversing Taliban momentum in Afghanistan. US officials have recently put pressure on Islamabad to crack down on groups who stage cross-border attacks against American troops.

“Recent events demonstrate both the common threat posed to Pakistan and Afghanistan by insurgents and the efforts that the Pakistan military are making to counter this threat,” Petraeus said on Monday.

“I look forward to continuing to work with General Kayani to identify areas of mutual interest and to cooperate in efforts that can help improve regional security,” he added.

It was Petraeus’ first visit to Pakistan as head of Nato’s International Security Assistance Force. Pakistani commanders have not ruled out an offensive in North Waziristan, but argue that gains in South Waziristan and the northwestern district of Swat need to be consolidated to prevent troops from being stretched too thinly. Meanwhile, US ambassador to Pakistan Anne W Patterson also called on General Kayani.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 13th, 2010.


Sadia Hussain | 11 years ago | Reply Pakistan has its limitations in this war against terror, owing to its capacity and the political situation at home. Any large-scale offensive would need delicate planning and it should be timely executed. As it is our war and only we can decide when to strike, where to strike and how to strike. Gen Petraeus acknowledgment demonstrates Pakistan’s commitment in the war against terror.
Mansoor Khalid | 11 years ago | Reply Pakistan as a front-line state in this war on terror has given excellent results for its allies. The operations by Pak army in KP and South Waziristan have broken the back of this militant outfit to an extent they will never be able to pose a threat again.
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