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Pakistan rejects NATO secretary general remarks on Taliban bases

IANS  |  Islamabad 

on Thursday rejected Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's recent remarks that still have bases in Pakistan, which he had described as a "big challenge" to efforts aimed at bringing peace and stability to

"We have to address the big challenge that the Taliban, the insurgents are working also out of bases in And we have raised that several times," Stoltenberg told reporters at NATO's headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday.

Foreign Ministry's spokesman Muhammad Faisal dismissed the charges at his weekly briefing.

"We completely reject baseless allegations of bases in Pakistan. There are no organised bases of any terrorist organisations anywhere in the country. Such fallacious assertions are counter-productive and detrimental," the spokesman said when asked about his comments on secretary general's accusations against Pakistan of harbouring terrorists and terrorist safe havens in its territory.

"Pakistan has made unmatched sacrifices, both in blood and treasure in fighting No country has done more than Pakistan, or suffered more than Pakistan in combating the menace of terrorism," the spokesman said.

To a question on the issue of troops surge in by NATO, he said Pakistan has previously made many statements on this issue.

"Pakistan believes that there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict, and a political solution is imperative for lasting peace and stability. It is very important for to be at peace with itself and its neighbours," he said.

The spokesman said Pakistan has undertaken comprehensive and successful counter-operations in the last four years in line with its own national resolve to rid the country of



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First Published: Fri, November 10 2017. 01:32 IST