On Sunday, Pakistan answer to the remark given by Mark Toner, US State Department deputy spokesperson that, Islamabad is selective in targeting terrorists and does not go after those threatening its neighbors.
On Friday, Toner told a news conference in Washington US has been clear about government of the Pakistan that they must “target all militant groups, and that includes those that target Pakistan’s neighbors, and they must also close all safe havens.”
Nafees Zakaraiya, Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesman said, remark of the spokesperson is absent and not responsive to Pakistan’s security concerns. “We have taken a serious note of the remarks made by the US State Department deputy spokesperson, which are self-contradictory and oblivious of the fact that Pakistan has taken concrete measures to counter terrorism in a phase-wise manner keeping in view Pakistan’s national security concerns.”
Pakistan has been the victim of terrorism and suffered more than any other country, Zakariya said in a statement. The reason behind the spread of terrorism in Pakistan was huge losses imposed by Pakistan, over 60,000 innocent lives and billions of dollars loss,” he said.
The US State Department deputy spokesperson referred to the last month meeting to Islamabad by Senator John McCain with other Senators and Congressmen who addressing achievements made by Pakistan in its counter-terrorism drive.
They visited Miranshah in North Waziristan tribal region and observed the situation on ground for themselves.