Pakistan showing positive indicators about war against terror: US
WASHINGTON (92 News) – Chief of the United States military’s Central Command, General Joseph Votel said Pakistan was showing positive indicators about US concerns on terrorism.
He told a hearing at the US House of Representatives Armed Services Committee in Washington that Islamabad is moving in right direction.
“We are now beginning to see positive indicators,” General Joe Votel, who heads the US military’s Central Command, told the House Armed Services Committee.
“Through their communications, they’re reporting to us some of the actions that they are taking on the ground. … It does not yet equal the decisive action that we would like to see them take, in terms of a strategic shift, but they are positive indicators, and it gives me hope that our approach is the right one.”
Votel said cooperation with Pakistan is key to attaining success in the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, where thousands of extra US troops are due to begin training Afghan counterparts this spring.
The US CENTCOM Chief said he speaks routinely with his Pakistan counterpart.
The Centcom commander said he speaks routinely with his Pakistan counterpart.
“I can’t characterize the relationship as trustful at this particular point. There is a lot of history here that has to be overcome,” he said.
Votel said 64 percent of the Afghan population is controlled by the Afghan government, 12 percent by the Taliban, with the rest living in “contested areas.”