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Need to support Pak’s efforts to combat terrorism: US

WASHINGTON, Feb 18:  Amid reports of a crackdown on terror hideouts by the Pakistan army, the US has said it is in its long term interest to support Islamabad’s efforts to combat violent extremism and build a more stable society.
“We believe that US’ long-term interests are best served by supporting Pakistan’s efforts to combat violent extremism and build a more stable, tolerant, democratic society,” a State Department spokesperson told PTI while responding to reports that the Pakistan Army attacked suspected militant hideouts close to the Af-Pak border.
“We’ve seen the reports. We’d refer you to the government of Pakistan,” the official said.
“Pakistan has suffered greatly at the hands of terrorists and violent extremists,” the official added.
The United States has long stood in solidarity with the people of Pakistan and all those who fight the menace of terrorism, the spokesperson said.
“We are grateful for the sacrifices, the Pakistani military and people have made in combating terrorism, shutting down terrorist safe havens and restoring government control to parts of Pakistan that have been used as terrorist safe havens for years,” said the spokesperson.
Pakistan Army yesterday claimed to have killed more than 100 suspected terrorists in retaliation to an Islamic State suicide bombing at a crowded Sufi shrine in the southern Sindh province that claimed over 80 lives. (PTI)


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