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Al Qaeda cannot be defeated without Pakistan’s help

Martin Dempsey

Pakistan News : Top American General said that US cannot be achieved goal to defeat Al Qaeda without the support of Pakistan and Islamabad’s co-operation on counterterrorism had not been on the expected lines.

General Martin Dempsey told that “Our strategic interests and national security goals remain to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda and to prevent the return of safe havens in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” “This will not be possible without Pakistan’s support,”

General also said that “We also have an interest in a stable Pakistan and the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. On the security front, we have a more limited relationship than in the past, but I believe it is a pragmatic and constructive approach,”

“Pakistan’s cooperation on counterterrorism has not always met our expectations. Since 2009, Pakistan has undertaken counterinsurgency operations against extremist organisation in the northwest, including Swat, North and South Waziristan, Mohmand, and Bajaur with mixed results,” he said when asked about the cooperation being received by Pakistan on counterterrorism issues. “Security assistance, Coalition Support Fund reimbursements, and cross-border coordination with the ISAF and Afghan forces have helped enable these operations.

It is in our interest that Pakistan continues this campaign as effectively and comprehensively as possible,” he said. Arguing for a continued close engagement with the Pakistani military, Dempsey said as Pakistan democratic consolidation progressed, the US must ensure that it maintains military-to-military ties. “I will continue a frank and respectful dialogue about our shared interests in countering extremist and promoting regional stability. Security cooperation cannot succeed without the buy-in of Pakistani leadership and continued support of the US Congress,” he said.

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