Kerry’s Islamabad Visit

US will soon leave Afghanistan. At this time when Pakistan’s armed forces are countering terrorists in North Waziristan through military operation Zarb-E-Azb, the arrival of US secretary of State  John Kerry (on 13th January) is significant. He met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and foreign minister Sartaj Aziz. He visited GHQ and held official meeting with Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif.

Kerry’s rich tribute to Pakistan’s martyrs proves that US acknowledges the efforts of Pakistan to combat terrorism. The mistrust and confusion between US and Pakistan can only be dealt through mutual co-operation with respect to terrorists and their information sharing.

Operation Zarb-e-Azb is for all terrorists and Pakistan Army is targeting them without any discrimination. Today, Pakistan is passing through one of toughest phase of history, battling with terrorism internally and on eastern borders (TTP) as well on western border (India). Whenever, Pakistan’s military do tough air and operational strikes against TTP in FATA, India starts LoC violation in order to deviate the concentration of Army from the ongoing military operation against terrorists. Although Army Chief General Raheel Sharif highlighted this point in his recent visit to USA, still US needs to revise its policy with India and should insist for peace on LoC.

Soon after Kerry’s meeting with Army Chief, US State Department officially declared Mullah Fazullah as terrorist. Secretary, John Kerry, lauded the achievements of Pakistan Army in operation ZarbeAzb. It is achievement of Pakistan that TTP is named as terrorist organization and Fazullah’s name is added in terrorists’ list.

The safe havens of TTP in Afghanistan are not only threat to Pakistan but also for this region. US forces need to take action against TTP inside Afghanistan as Afghan Government and territory is under their control.

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