NEW YORK: Tensions flared between the US and Pakistan as two top officials from both nations were involved in a war of words and accused each other of not doing enough to combat Taliban terror sanctuaries in the Af-Pak region.
President Barack Obama's top adviser on Afghanistan and Pakistan Douglas Lute and Pakistan's ambassador in Washington Sherry Rehman traded strong words in Colorado, the New York Times said.
Rehman, said Pakistani Taliban fighters, who have taken refuge in two remote provinces in eastern Afghanistan, were increasingly carrying out attacks against Pakistan. On 52 occasions, in the last eight months, she said that Pakistan had provided the US and Nato commanders the locations from which the militants were attacking, to no avail.
Lute immediately retorted , saying, "There's no comparison of the Pakistani Taliban's recent, small-in-scale presence inside Afghanistan to the decades-long experience and relationship between elements of Pakistani government and the Afghan Taliban," he said. "To compare these is simply unfair."
Rehman added that Pakistan was "feeling a little bit of blow back from ISAF redeployments along the border," referring to the Nato command in Afghanistan.
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