Islamabad, Oct. 21: U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Marc Grossman has said the U.S. is not pushing Pakistan to launch a military operation in North Waziristan.
Grossman, who arrived in Islamabad on Saturday for talks with political and military leaders on “issues of bilateral and mutual concern”, said that any decision for an operation would be taken by Pakistan, reports The Express Tribune.
Grossman said U.S.-Pak relations should be based on mutual respect.
He further said trade between the two counties was improving, with 20 per cent of Pakistani products being exported to the U.S. He called for further investment in Pakistan by American companies.
Pakistan Foreign ministry spokesman Moazzam Ahmad Khan had told reporters last week “the visit is part of the ongoing engagements”, which will enable the two sides to “discuss all issues of mutual interest as well as concern”. (ANI)