Pakistan's current army different from past: DG ISPR

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By Umargondal , via Wikimedia Commons

This comes as the Afghan officials have always been insisting that the ongoing violence in Afghanistan has roots with the leadership councils and safe havens of the Taliban and Haqqani network in Pakistan but the officials in Islamabad are saying that no safe haven exist in the country for the terror groups.

Referring to U.S. accusations, he said the global terror outfit "Al-Qaeda" had not been defeated by the United States, if the country would have been supporting it. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Pakistan's defense minister, this week confirmed the move and added that the country is considering more radical options such as preventing the US forces from using Pakistan as a land route to Afghanistan.

Speaking during a seminar titled Contours of Security Environment of Pakistan, Khan said the United States was using Pakistan as a "scapegoat" for its failures in war-torn Afghanistan.

"Yes, the demand for handing over terrorists seems new", said a long-time observer of US-Pakistan relations, who would speak only on condition of anonymity. "Fencing on 2600-km-long border with Afghanistan has already begun and there will be a significant improvement in border management in future", he added.

Maj-Gen Asif said Pakistan had restored peace on its soil and now Afghanistan will also have to do so. "They have not yet come forward".

At a separate news conference, the Pentagon said that Pakistan has the ability to address terrorist threat inside the country.

The process had started with Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's meeting with US Vice-President Mike Pence on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

"We will continue to monitor developments", a State Department spokesperson said responding to a question on the attack on Siddiqui.

From the rank and file to the generals, the country had a war-experienced army, he said.

"[On the other hand] India is still active [in perpetrating terrorism] inside Pakistan ".

Referring to his conversation with the US Ambassador to Pakistan, Goldstein hoped that Pakistan will join the US in its effort with regard to fight against terrorism.

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