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Pakistan rejects US report on militancy
Wed, 06 Apr 2011 18:44:56 GMT
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Pakistani security forces say they have also detained hundreds of militants in northwest Pakistan over the past months.
The Pakistani military has dismissed the findings of a US report that blames Islamabad for not doing enough to fight terrorism near the Afghan border.

The report, recently submitted by President Barack Obama's administration to the US Congress, said the fight against militancy in Pakistan and Afghanistan was making little progress.

Sources say the report has raised the ire of the Pakistan military.

A senior military official has said the US was looking for a scapegoat to justify its failures in neighboring Afghanistan.

"Instead of pushing us to do more, the other side should carry out an introspection of its own operations," the state-run BBC quoted an unnamed military official as saying.

"We are quite satisfied with our counter-insurgency campaign in the Swat and Malayan regions and parts of the tribal areas. We can safely say this has been a great success story." the officials added.

Pakistan says its security forces have killed or detained hundreds of militants over the past few years.

The developments come as President Obama has frequently blamed Pakistan for not doing enough to fight terrorism in its troubled northwestern tribal belt along the Afghan border.

This is while US planes and helicopters have increasingly violated Pakistani airspace over the past months.

The US claims its air raids target militants who cross the Pakistani border into Afghanistan. But locals say civilians are the main victims of the unauthorized attacks.

The unauthorized US drone attacks have drawn strong criticism from the Pakistani people and officials.

The US invaded Afghanistan with the official objective of curbing militancy and bringing peace and stability to the region, however, after nine years the region remains unstable and militancy has expanded towards Pakistan.

Analysts say the US is looking for an excuse to expand its military operations in the troubled South and Central Asian region to secure bases near Russia and China.

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