Washington: The US has said it was not going to rush to any judgment on how the military operation in Pakistan against the Taliban proceeds while hoping the assault is successful.
The Pakistan Army has killed over 200 militants in their all-out offensive against the Taliban in the restive North Waziristan, as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asked Afghan President Hamid Karzai to plug the entry of terrorists fleeing the assault.
Pentagon Press Secretary, Rear Admiral John Kirby, told reporters that it was too early to arrive at any definite conclusion in this regard as the operation was still going on.
“The operation just began and we are not going to certainly rush to judgment here on how it proceeds. I think it is a testament to the degree to which Pakistan and the US and Afghanistan have a shared threat and a shared challenge to deal with,” Kirby said.
“We obviously hope that the operation that the Pakistani military is conducting is successful because it does represent a common enemy. We recognise that the Pakistani military has taken casualties in this fight for many years. This isn’t the first time that they’ve conducted operations there,” he said.
The recent attacks in Karachi at the airport, he said, are a very stark reminder of how the threat affects the Pakistani people.
“So again we wish them well and we look forward to seeing them succeed,” he said.
The Chairman of the Pak Joint Chiefs of Staff is currently on a US visit at the invitation of General Martin Dempsey,Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Kirby said there is daily constant contact between the US-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and the Pak military.