The United States Is Willing To Help Pakistan Against The Taliban And Other Extremist Groups

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In light of the increasing number of terrorist attacks in Pakistan after the outlawed TTP abandoned their ceasefire, the United States has pledged to assist Pakistan in countering the risks presented by militant groups.

State Department Spokesperson Ned Price was questioned about the recent hostage crisis at a counterterrorism centre in the city of Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

“Well, first on the ongoing situation in Pakistan, we are of course aware. We’ve been closely following reports that militants have seized control of the counterterrorism centre in Bannu. We offer our deepest sympathies to those injured,” Ned Price said and urged those responsible for the attack to cease all acts of violence, to safely release those who remain hostage, and to end the seizure of the counterterrorism centre.

The spokesman emphasised that Islamabad is a partner in addressing common threats like terrorism both within Afghanistan and on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“We have partnered with our Pakistani friends to take on — to help them take on this challenge. We stand ready to assist, whether with this unfolding situation or more broadly. But this is a situation for which we’d have to refer you to Pakistani authorities,” said Ned.

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