No foreign troops taking part in counter-terrorism operation inside Pakistan: spokesman

11:13, September 24, 2010      

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Pakistan Thursday said there are no foreign troops taking part in the counter-terrorism operation inside the country.

Pakistani Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit made the remarks while addressing weekly press briefing.

Commenting on the reports published in American newspaper regarding formation of Afghan para-military forces to fight terrorism inside Pakistan, Basit said that "we will never allow any foreign boots on our soil and this is one of our redlines and the international community including the U.S. knows about it."

"I can tell you there are no foreign troops taking part in counter terrorism operations inside Pakistan," he said.

About Pakistan's efforts to tackle flood situation, the spokesman said Pakistan is planning a donors' conference in Islamabad in November within the framework of the Pakistan Development Forum.

Regarding criticism on Pakistan in spending assistance to flood affected areas, the spokesman said the Pakistani government was criticized that it was not handling the situation properly, but the world saw how 2.5 million people were sent back to their native homes.

"We are not saying that there were no loopholes. There are loopholes but the government is moving in the right direction to plug them and taking steps which are necessary in order to cope with the situation and rehabilitate over 20 million people affected by these floods," he added.

Source: Xinhua


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