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1.9 billion dollars spent so far on Zarb-e-Azb, IDPs: FO

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Foreign Office said on Friday that $1.9 billion have been spent on the grand Operation Zarb-e-Azb and on the return of internally displaced persons (IDPS).

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Pakistan has met these expenditures from its own resources,” said FO spokesperson during his weekly press briefing in Islamabad.

“The Coalition Support Fund (CSF) is reimbursement of the expenditures Pakistan incurred before the start of Operation Zarb-e-Azb,” added the spokesperson.

He said that negotiation with US authorities are underway for the release of CSF fund.

However, it is not certain that whether US would release $300 million in military aid to Pakistan, which is relying on US government certification saying Pakistan hitting the Haqqanis.

The spokesperson said: “Operation Zarb-e-Azb has met with resounding success and actions have been taken against all terrorists without any discrimination. There is no distinction between good and bad terrorists.”

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“Pakistan is committed to promoting peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan for the best interest of the two countries as well as the region,” the spokesperson further said.

He also said that Pakistan fully backs Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation peace process. It is upto Afghanistan to take next step in this regard, and Pakistan remains ready to facilitate it.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, currently in Kabul attending the 6th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan, would also emphasise for a restart of peace talks.

“Pakistan, at the meetings, will also realise its concerns relating to security of its embassy’s officials in the prevailing charged anti-Pakistan atmosphere in Afghanistan,” he added.

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