Pakistan

Kerry affirms presence of terror hideouts in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: United States Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday said that al-Qaida, Haqqani Network and other terror outfits are threat for the world peace, ARY News reported.

Secretary Kerry was addressing joint press briefing with Prime Minister’s Advisor Sartaj Aziz after bilateral talks in Islamabad.

Kerry lauded Pakistan’s steps against terrorism.

He said Pakistan has launched an operation against terrorists on its western border.

He vowed to continue defence cooperation and intelligence sharing with Pakistan and added that the results of the intelligence sharing would become visible soon.

He confessed presence of the hideouts of terrorists in Afghanistan.

He said the United States will provide US$ 250 million for rehabilitation of displaced persons of the North Waziristan region.

US Secretary of State urged for solution of the bilateral problems between India and Pakistan with dialogue. He lauded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s efforts for normalization of ties with the neighboring countries.
Advisor for Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that the armed forces have cleared 80 percent territory of North Waziristan. He further said that around two billion dollars required for rehabilitation of the affected areas.

Aziz also said that the dialogue with India is impossible without talks on the Kashmir issue.

John Kerry talking to media lauded the Pakistan army’s operation in North Waziristan tribal region and said that the results of the drive against militants are significant.

US top official also said that his country backs Pakistan’s fight against terrorism.

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