RAWALPINDI: United States Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander General Lloyd Austin on Wednesday said that the US realises the colossal loss of over 40,000 Pakistanis, including soldiers and officers of the armed forces, in the war against terror.
General Lloyd Austin made the admission during his meeting with Defence Secretary Lt Gen (r) Asif Yasin Malik. He commended Pakistan’s role in facilitating the drawdown process of the US and ISAF Forces from Afghanistan. While terming Pakistan as a vital partner for regional security, the CENTCOM commander said that both Pakistan and US are important to each others national interests.
During the meeting, he said that Pakistan has always been a useful partner and relations between the two countries are progressing on an upward trajectory. The defence secretary reiterated that being a pivotal partner to the international community, Pakistan has sacrificed greatly in the war against terror. He reiterated that Pakistan wants peace in the region and is ready to play its role for achieving the goal of lasting stability. He said that the armed forces and people of Pakistan have courageously fought and withstood the menace of terrorism over the last decade. Malik added that Pakistan earnestly wishes for a stable and peaceful Afghanistan and pursues a policy of non-interference in Afghan affairs.
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