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Sunday, 14 September 2014 03:36

US envoy confers with chief of Pakistan army staff

The US Ambassador to Islamabad, Richard Olson, in a meeting with the Chief of Pakistan Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif, discussed the topic of withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan, in addition to regional topics of importance.

 

According to Fars news agency, in this meeting which took place in the city of Rawalpindi, ways of Pakistan’s assistance for pull out of foreign forces from Afghanistan, and the impact of Pakistani army operations against the Taliban in North Waziristan were discussed.

The senior Pakistani army commander, for his part, underlined the cooperation of the US to prevent the return of terrorists to Pakistan and to maintain the security of Pakistan-Afghanistan borders.

Two months ago, the commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan, General Joseph Dunford, had declared that the US is not in need of Pakistan’s assistance for withdrawal from the Afghan soil.

He had also announced that after the year 2014, a new chapter will be unfolded in Washington-Islamabad ties.

Meanwhile, recently, the US Congress research center released a report on the developments in Pakistan, declaring that if the Pakistani Premier, Nawaz Sharif, is dismissed by the Pakistani army; Islamabad will face White House sanctions.

Part of this report says that if the Pakistani army gets involved in the current political crisis in this country and dismisses the Pakistani premier, White House will slap a number of sanctions against Pakistan and will halt its financial aid to this Asian country.

This report also states that anti-government protests have endangered efforts in Pakistan for establishment of a sustainable democratic system.

This report mentions that political unrests in Pakistan and the possibility of further influence of the Pakistani army on the foreign policy of this country may also intensely impact Islamabad-New Delhi ties.

The report goes on to point out that although there is not much of a possibility of dismissal of Pakistani government in the current circumstances; the anti-government protests have to a large extent undermined the Pakistani administration.

The US Congress research center has warned against the involvement of the Pakistani army in the dismissal of Nawaz Sharif, while General Raheel Sharif has opposed the request of a number of senior army commanders for piling up pressure on Nawaz Sharif to resign.

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