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Pakistan rebuffed US effort to assist military: report

Pakistan so far has rebuffed all US attempts to directly assist its forces in its war against terrorism despite best efforts by the Obama administration, a media report said on Monday.

world Updated: Jun 01, 2009 15:54 IST

Pakistan so far has rebuffed all US attempts to directly assist its forces in its war against terrorism despite best efforts by the Obama administration, a media report said on Monday.

"Pakistan has accepted US money, weaponry and limited training, but has rebuffed further US efforts to assist its forces," The Washington Post said in a report.

Although the US military flies Predators -- separate from those directed by the CIA -- along Afghanistan-Pakistan border, it is prohibited from overflying Pakistani territory, the paper said.

At the same time, the US has turned down Pakistani requests for its own Predators, it said.

According to the report US forces offered a compromise to Pakistan that it could direct US military Predators over areas of its choice, transmitting images directly into its own intelligence channels.

After Pakistan refused to allow a downlink to be established on its side of the border, ground equipment was set up at a joint cooperation centre on the Afghanistan side.

Pakistani officials were taken to Turkey to observe a similar programme, it said.