PR No. 64 Operation Zarb-e-Azb and National Action Plan Are Testament of Pakistan’s Commitment in Its Fight against Terrorism and Extremism Rawalpindi

Pakistan and the US on Monday shared resolve to enhance existing defence cooperation. This understanding reached during a meeting of General Joseph L. Votel, Commander US Central Command and Lt. General Muhammad Alam Khattak (Retd), Secretary Defence. They exchanged views on matters of mutual interest and enhancing defence cooperation.

Pakistan highly values its relationship with the US which is spread over six decades and has seen progress in various areas including trade, economy, investment, energy, defence and people to people contact. It was discussed in the meeting that there is a need of further enhancement and diversification of defence relations by transcending from present confines of counter terrorism to the realm of conventional defence.

Secretary Defence expressed concern on the issue of resolution of sale of F 16s to Pakistan stating that these aircraft are essential for over fight against terrorism. He further stated that Operation Zarb e Azab and National Action Plan are testament of Pakistan’s commitment in its fight against terrorism and extremism.

The Secretary also enquired about the status of roadmap regarding future reimbursement mechanism in lieu of Coalition Support Fund (CSF) beyond 2016.

General Joseph L. Votel, Commander US Central Command acknowledged the role played by Pakistan Armed Forces in their fight against terrorism.He added that continued support from US in training, equipment and necessary funding will act as tools essential to fight against terrorist outfits.

General Joseph Leonard Votel is a four-star General in the United States Army who has recently assumed the command of United States Central Command. Before that, he served as commander of United States Special Operations Command.