Pakistan strongly rejects Secretary Panetta’s assertions

Islamabad, June 09, 2012 (PPI-OT): Pakistan strongly rejects the assertions made recently by US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta regarding “safe heavens” in Pakistan.

2. We feel that the Secretary of Defence is oversimplifying some of the very complex issues we are all dealing with in our efforts against extremism and terrorism. These issues need to be seen in the context of overall peace and stability in Afghanistan and the broader region.

3. Pakistan has repeatedly said that it will not allow its territory to be used against any country, nor will it allow any safe heavens on its territory. We are fighting terrorism and extremism in our own national interest and nobody should doubt our resolve and determination in this regard. Our sacrifices remain unparalleled and our resolve unshakable.

4. Pakistan is following a well thought out strategy to eradicate the menace of extremism and terrorism and will follow its own time line.

5. We strongly believe that such statements are misplaced and unhelpful in bringing about peace and stability in the region.

For more information, contact:
Syed Haider Ali Jafri
Personal Secretary
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan
Tel: +9251 921 0335 and 9056604

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