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Pakistan disputes US general's remarks on operation

Islamabad, April 19, IRNA
Pakistan on Tuesday disagreed with remarks by a top US general in Afghanistan that Pakistan is planning to launch an operation against militants in its North Waziristan tribal region, a military spokesman was quoted as saying.

"The spokesman was commenting on the impression created by the remarks from commander of the coalition forces in Afghanistan, Lt-Gen David Barno, who also said the US forces are preparing to undertake a spring offensive in Afghanistan as it is launched in North Waziristan," Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement.

"We decide for ourselves what needs to be done when and where," it added.

General Barno was in Islamabad for meeting of Tripartite Commission at Rawalpindi on April 18. The commission groups Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States.

The Pakistani military said that during the meeting of Tripartite Commission, attention of coalition members was however drawn towards the increase in incidents of miscreants movement from Afghanistan to Pakistani side of the border.

"And they were asked to address the issue and check the movement of miscreants from Afghanistan to Pakistan," the statement concluded.

General Barno reportedly told a limited group of newsmen in US Embassy: "We collectively feel that there is a need to undertake an operation in North Waziristan. That's an area where I think the Pakistani military is about to undertake a military operation to keep pressure on terrorist networks."
::IRNA No.075 19/04/2005 19:21 --End

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