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Pakistan says CIA remarks not helpful to trace al-Qaeda
"Such a statement does not help trace alleged hideouts," Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Muhammad Sadiq said at the weekly press briefing here.
Speaking at a TV show on Sunday the CIA chief General Micheal Hayden also hinted operation in the Pakistani regions by the American forces.
There is a clear understanding for operations along the border, Sadiq said, adding that Pakistan's security forces were exclusively responsible for action on Pakistan's side of the border while International Security Assistance Force, North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces and Afghan National Army were responsible for action on the other side.
"Terrorists have threatened Pakistan and targeted our people. We are, therefore, combating terrorism in our own interest," Sadiq said.
He also cautioned that Pakistan did not want its efforts to be undermined by any ill-conceived action from any quarter that was inconsistent with the principles of international law and would be deeply resented in the tribal areas and generally in Pakistan.
Sadiq said Pakistan and the United States were partners in the international campaign against terrorism. It would be counter-productive to create an impression of any divergences or differences on the issue of counter-terrorism or take any step detrimental to their counter-terrorism cooperation.
He emphasized that a comprehensive strategy, including political and socio-economic development components, was essential for success in the counter-terrorism endeavor.
Sadiq said Pakistan and the coalition had effective information and intelligence sharing and Islamabad would take action if any actionable intelligence were provided.
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