Monday, August 27, 2007

US to work with Pak in dealing with any terror threat: Boucher

Islamabad, Aug 16 (PTI) Voicing support for Pakistan's efforts to deal with extremism, the US today said it will work with its South Asian ally in tackling any terrorist threat if there is an "actionable intelligence." "If either side has any actionable intelligence of people presenting any threat, the US and Pakistan would work together to meet the threat," US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher told a press conference here after two days of talks with the Pakistani leaders.
He said the US supported efforts of Pakistan in dealing with the challenge of extremism and terrorism. "Terrorists are harming Pakistan as there have been Taliban and al-Qaeda-type attacks on Pakistani security forces and innocent Pakistanis." The US official expressed hope that the just-concluded joint 'jirga', or a council of tribal elders, in Kabul would go a long way in promoting peace and security in borders of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

To a question, Boucher said President Pervez Musharraf was committed to hold free, fair and transparent elections.

He recalled that Musharraf has also stated that he would decide about his Army uniform in accordance with the Constitution.

Replying to another question, Boucher said the US also wanted Pakistan's smooth transition to democracy and free and fair elections in the country, but it was for the political parties and the Election Commission to take measures to realise the objective of transparent polls.

The US wanted a modern, developed and prosperous Pakistan, where people have peace and security, economic opportunities and greater access to healthcare and educational facilities, he said, adding Washington would continue to provide aid to Islamabad for this purpose.

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