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Pakistan army commanders vow to continue anti-terror war

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 13, IRNA -- Pakistan’s top army commanders Tuesday played down US decision to suspend military aid and said that fight against terrorism will be continued on own resources.

The US announced on Sunday it has suspended payment of $800 million aid to the Pakistan army as Islamabad has taken certain steps which justified cancellation of the assistance.

US media reports that the US took the decision after Pakistan expelled over 100 American military trainers. The move is also aimed at mounting pressure on Pakistan to take more steps against the militants, it said.

Pakistan Corps Commanders in a meeting ‘reiterated the resolve to fight the menace of terrorism in our own national interest using our own resources’, an army statement said.

The participants were briefed in detail about the security situation in the country in general and ongoing operations in Kurram and Mohmand tribal regions in particular. Matters of operational preparedness were also discussed.

The army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani who presided over the meeting in his opening remarks appreciated the conduct of ongoing operations, the statement said.

He said that the aim of operation in Kurram Agency is to clear the area of miscreants involved in terrorism, kidnapping, killing of locals and blocking of road connecting lower with upper Kurram. He lauded the support of locals in flushing out terrorists from their area, the statement said.

Referring to Mohmand Agency, he instructed that all efforts must be utilized in coordination with civil administration for safe return of displaced persons.

Political analysts say that suspension of the US aid will further widen gulf between the US and the Pakistan army as well as the people.

Relations between the US and Pakistan deteriorated after a CIA undercover agent Raymond Davis was arrested in Lahore in February for killing two Pakistanis.

Relationship between the two armies and intelligence institutions were hit by US unilateral action to kill Osama bin Laden in Abbotabad on May 2.

Pakistan had condemned the attack and asked the US to withdraw its intelligence agents and military trainers.

US media said that Pakistan has also refused visas to US military officers, which also annoyed the Obama administration.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman said the US has not formally informed the government about its decision to suspend aid to the military.

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