US assesses Pak situation post Swat offensive as “very dire”

June 7th, 2009 - 1:28 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban Washington, June 7 (ANI): The United States has assessed the on ground situation in Pakistan as “very dire”, following the military operation against the Taliban in tribal areas.

US Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P J Crowley admitted that the current offensive has had an impact on the Pakistani population and the number of internally- displaced persons is more than two million.

Crowley said the US would do everything in a bid to help Pakistan rehabilitate its IDPs.

“We are going to continue in a variety of ways to assess that and to help the Pakistani government in any way that we can, make sure that we can care for these people,” The Nation quoted him, as saying.

On the latest terrorist attacks in Pakistan, Crowley said it is devastating on one hand, but everything that the US sees indicates that there has been progress in the war on terror.

“We know that there’s a very difficult situation on the ground. They still have the ability to conduct these kinds of attacks. It would appear that the tide is turning in terms of Pakistani attitudes towards the Taliban. I think we are very encouraged by that,” he said. (ANI)

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