01 September 2017

News Story: Pakistan dismisses U.S. military commander's remarks on Taliban

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan on Thursday rejected as "highly unwarranted and unacceptable" remarks by Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. Forces and NATO in Afghanistan, that the Afghan Taliban leadership operates from the Pakistani cities of Quetta and Peshawar.

Nicholson told Afghanistan's Tolo TV in Kabul at the weekend that the U.S. knows the Taliban leaders are living in the Pakistani areas.

Pakistan Foreign Ministry's spokesman Nafees Zakaria rejected the remarks by the American General during his weekly briefing in Islamabad.

"Pakistan has strongly rejected all allegations and insinuations regarding the presence of any safe havens of terrorists inside Pakistan. U.S. Gen Nicholson's remarks, therefore, are highly unwarranted and unacceptable," the spokesman said.

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