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Pakistan’s Foreign Office welcomed the new U.S. policy on Afghanistan, and said it would uproot terrorism from the region.
KARACHI ― Pakistan’s Foreign Office welcomed the new U.S. Afghanistan strategy announced by President Obama on Dec. 1, and said it would work with the U.S. to uproot terrorism from the region.
The office issued a statement on Dec. 2 saying, “We welcome President Obama’s reaffirmation of the partnership between the two countries built on a foundation of mutual interest, mutual respect and mutual trust, and also the strong support of the U.S. for Pakistan’s security and prosperity.”
The Foreign Office said Obama correctly noted that the struggle against violent extremism extends well beyond the region, and it affirmed it would engage with the U.S to ensure that there would be no adverse fallout in Pakistan.
In a televised speech on Dec. 1, Obama announced the deployment of another 30,000 troops to Afghanistan in the next few months, a decision supported by the government and political parties in Pakistan.
“Deployment of more troops in Afghanistan would be a major blow to the activities of Al-Qaeda and Taliban,” Information Minister Qamar-uz-Zaman Kaira said. The U.S. administration has taken the nation into its confidence, and will consult with Pakistan regarding the new Afghan strategy.
“Close cooperation is essential to eliminate terrorism,” said Shahi Syed, Sindh president of the Awami National Party. Obama's decision to send more troops to Afghanistan has created panic and frustration in the ranks of Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Syed also applauded the U.S. announcement of a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan beginning in 2011.
“With the deployment of more troops, the U.S. and Pakistan will be able to teach a tough lesson to the terrorists,” said Haider Abbas Rizvi, the deputy parliamentary leader of the Muttehida Qaumi Movement (MQM). "We hope that 2010 will be the year marking the defeat of terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan.”
Rizvi also commended the army's operation in South Waziristan that has forced key Taliban leaders to flee from their strongholds.