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Washington , December 1
Washington would like give time to Pakistan ‘s new army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa before commenting on his role in the counter-terrorism efforts in Pakistan, where America has invested heavily in its war against terrorism.
U S State Department’s Deputy Spokesperson Mark C Toner, while replying to a question during the daily briefing said, “ He ( Gen. Bajwa) was just appointed at the end of November, so let’s give this gentleman 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 dismissed the questioner’s “ assumptions “ that the terrorists hurting the American interests were somehow linked to Pakistan and receive training there. He dismissed all these “ assumptions “ as “ allegations.
“ With regard to the motivation behind these ( anti-American) actions or where these people may have received any sort of training. I think those are allegations that we’re just not able – law enforcement’s not able to confirm at this juncture.”
Toner underlined that , “ with respect to our counterterrorism 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 ( state department spokesperson John) Kirby and I both made clear many times from this podium, “
He also pointed out “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.”
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