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Islamabad: Washington Has Not Asked to Deploy U-S - 2002-08-26


Islamabad says the United States has not asked to deploy coalition forces in Pakistan to pursue the war against terror, and that Pakistan does not need such outside help.

A top U-S general suggested on Sunday that U-S anti-terror operations need to look at deploying in countries neighboring Afghanistan to finish the anti-terror job.

A Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman was asked by reporters Monday if Pakistan is included in what General Tommy Franks, head of the U-S Central Command, described as the neighboring countries.

The spokesman said no such request has been made and that Pakistan does not require any outside help.

General Franks said the U-S war on terror launched after the September 11th attacks could not be limited to Afghanistan.

He said Washington has good relations with the surrounding states that will allow it to finish the job that began with attacks on the Taleban and al-Qaida forces in Afghanistan.

Washington fears a significant number of Taleban and al-Qaida fighters have escaped from Afghanistan into Pakistan or Iran.

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