US rules out sending troops to Pak to assist in offensive against TalibanMay 2nd, 2009 - 12:40 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 2 (ANI): The United States has ruled out sending troops to Pakistan to lend support to the country’s ongoing military offensive against the Taliban and other extremists groups in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).
US Senator and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee John Kerry has made it clear that Washington would not send its troops on Pakistani soil.
Kerry said America can however, send troops for training, if Pakistan desires so.
“We’re not going to send troops by any significant numbers of any kind to Pakistan. We may have some people training or helping if that’s something they decide they want,” The News quoted Kerry, as saying.
He also asked Islamabad to develop an indigenous strategy to counter the ‘existential’ threat that the country is presently facing.
“It can’t be an American-driven policy. It can’t have an American imprint or footprint. This really has to be homegrown and that’s what we’re really working with Pakistanis to achieve,” Kerry said.
He added that Pakistan will have to show strength against the extremists to assert their democratic values, and assure the international community that it has the will to root out the problem which is posing danger not only to the country, but also to the entire region including the United States and Europe.
“This is not our battle, in a sense. Pakistan, the outcome, is going to be determined by Pakistanis themselves making a choice about whether or not they’re going to stand up to the Taliban and assert their democratic values,” Kerry said. (ANI)
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