WASHINGTON(BNA): President Barack Obama on Friday said India was a real global partner of the United States.
“I’ve made it clear that even as the United States works with Pakistan to meet the threat of terrorism, safe havens within Pakistan are not acceptable and that those behind the Mumbai terrorist attack must face justice,” he said.
“Like people around the world, Indians and Americans were horrified at the senseless slaughter of so many students and teachers at the school in Peshawar, which was a painful reminder that terrorists threaten us all,” the US president said in an interview to India Today.
He also observed that Indians and Americans were united against fighting terrorism as both the countries had suffered at the hands of extremists.
The US president said that working with allies and partners, the United States had decimated the al-Qaeda leadership in the tribal regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan and taken out leaders of al-Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and Somalia.
“We’re leading the international coalition to destroy Islamic State (IS). We’re working with many nations to prevent foreign terrorist fighters from crossing borders and attacking our citizens.“The terrorists only know how to kill and destroy and those who claim to do so in the name of religion are betraying their own faiths,” the US president said.
He said “in contrast, the United States would keep working with partners around the world, including India, to focus on what we can build a future that delivers greater security, prosperity and dignity for all the people, including our own.”
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
(BNA) Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in an interview with CNN has said that the armed forces were going after terrorists “without any discrimination”.
Answering a question about the armed forces' viewpoint of militant groups, the ISPR DG said: "There are no good terrorists.....We are going against all terrorists without any discrimination of hue and color."
Bajwa added that the army had cleared a major part of the North Waziristan tribal region during Operation Zarb-i-Azb except for a small belt near the Pak-Afghan border.
Thursday, January 01, 2015
ISLAMABAD (BNA) Militants have shot dead three policemen who went missing during an overnight search in Malakand district, police said on Wednesday.
The incident took place in the mountainous town of Ailam, where Taliban militants are active.
“Last night militants fired at a police patrol vehicle, followed by a search operation during which four policemen went missing,” senior police official Asif Iqbal told AFP.
Police found the bullet-riddled bodies of three officers on Wednesday morning, he added. A police station chief was wounded.
On December 8, unidentified gunmen shot dead two policemen who were on their way to protect a polio vaccination team in the neighbouring town of Buner. The area where the latest killings took place is close to the Swat Valley.
Thursday, January 01, 2015
ISLAMABAD (BNA) At least 23 suspected terrorists were killed when Pakistani fighter jets targeted militant hideouts in Shawal area of North Waziristan Agency on Wednesday evening, military officials claim.
A statement, issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that four militant hideouts were also destroyed through “effective and precise aerial strikes”.
The information, however, could not be independently verified as access for journalists is restricted in the area.
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The air strikes are a part of stern actions Pakistan has been taking against Taliban militants following deadly Peshawar school siege earlier in the month as the military intensified operations in the troubled northwestern tribal areas.
After the school attack that killed 150 people, mostly children, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ended a six-year moratorium on the death penalty, reinstating its use for terrorism-related cases.
The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said the school attack by a suicide squad was revenge for the killing of militants' families in the military offensives.