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Pak expresses concern over US statements on Pak-Shahzad links

world Updated: May 18, 2010 18:50 IST

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Pakistan today expressed concern over statements by US leaders linking the country with the recent botched car bombing in New York by Pakistani- American Faisal Shahzad.

Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar expressed the views during a meeting with a US defence delegation led by Brig Gen Mark S Martins, Deputy Commander of the Joint Task Force in Afghanistan.

The delegation called on Mukhtar to exchange views on anti-terror strategy and the security situation in the region.

Mukhtar said Pakistan should not be held responsible or blamed for the acts of an individual.

The statements made by the US leaders "really hurt the sentiments of the leadership and people of Pakistan, which was the worst victim of terrorism", Mukhtar was quoted as saying in an official statement.

He also made it clear that Pakistan had rendered enormous sacrifices than any other country in the war on terror.

Highlighting the gains made by Pakistan in this campaign, he told the US delegation that the country is committed to eliminating terrorism.

Pakistan had paid a heavy cost, in terms of human and financial losses, while combating terrorism and extremism, Mukhtar said.

The meeting underlined the need for promoting stronger partnership between the two countries to overcome the security challenges being faced by them.

Martins said the US understood Pakistan's difficulties and acknowledged its efforts and key role against the war on terror.

He emphasised the need for closer cooperation and effective coordination between the two sides to defeat terrorist elements.