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US declares willingness to assist Pakistan in combating TTP threats

The US “stands ready to support Pakistan” in the fight against terrorism, according to Ned Price, a spokesperson for the State Department.

Washington has offered Pakistan assistance in combating terrorist threats as the nation sees an increase in terror occurrences following the termination of the ceasefire by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, an outlawed organization (TTP).

Ned Price, a spokesperson for the US State Department, stated during a news conference that his nation “stands ready to assist” Pakistan in addressing the threat of terrorism. The declaration was made in answer to a query about terrorism and the hostage situation at a counterterrorism facility in Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

“First, let me say that we are aware of the current situation in Pakistan. We have been closely monitoring rumours that the Bannu counterterrorism centre has been taken over by extremists. Price expressed his condolences to those hurt and encouraged those responsible for the attack to put a halt to all acts of violence, securely free those who are still being held hostage, and stop taking control of the counterterrorism centre.

Islamabad, according to the spokesperson, is a partner in addressing these common problems, such as the threat posed by terrorist organisations operating both inside Afghanistan and along the Pakistani border.

“We are working together with our Pakistani friends to help them overcome this difficulty. Whether it be with this current scenario or more generally, we stand ready to help. However, in this case, we would have to report you to Pakistani authorities.

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The treatment of minorities in India under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the “butcher of Gujrat” remarks made by Pakistan’s foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto and the strengthening ties between New Delhi and Moscow despite the conflict in Ukraine were also brought up for the State Department’s consideration.

“We have a global strategic partnership with India,” Ned Price stated. I simply mentioned how strong our relationship is with Pakistan. There is no zero-sum game with these partnerships; they stand alone. Maintaining beneficial alliances with both our Indian and Pakistani friends is something we recognise as being important, if not absolutely necessary. We don’t see these ties in relation to one another; they are each separate. These connections are all complex in their own unique ways.

Accordingly, even as we strengthen our worldwide strategic cooperation with India, we also have a relationship in which we can be open and honest with one another. When there are differences of opinion or concerns, we discuss them with our Pakistani friends as well, he said.

Since we have business relationships with both nations, it goes without saying that we do not wish to see India and Pakistan engage in verbal combat. We would like to see Pakistan and India engage in productive engagement. We believe that is for the benefit of the Indian and Pakistani people. We can accomplish a lot of things when we work bilaterally together. Of doubt, there are issues between India and Pakistan that need to be addressed. The United States is prepared to support both as a partner.

 

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