Pak not heading towards civil war: US

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Washington, Oct 30: The US State Department has rejected the suggestion that Pakistan is heading towards a civil war, and added that the country is fighting against terrorists, and that Washington supports its effort.

The comments followed an intense campaign in the US media, labelling Pakistan as "the most dangerous place" on earth, which is about to explode and give away its nuclear weapons to terrorists to use them wherever they want.

Some media reports, and at least one US lawmaker, even urged the US Government to "secure" Pakistan"s nuclear weapons before the country disintegrated.

"I don"t think I would describe the situation in Pakistan quite as you did," said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack when asked at a regular briefing if the US is concerned that Pakistan is falling apart.

"Pakistan is undergoing a political transition," said McCormack, noting that there had been a number of "positive developments" in the country as well.

These included "moderate forces within the Pakistani political system working together for a moderate Pakistan", he added.

McCormack rejected the suggestion that the US is "picking candidates or political parties" as favourites in Pakistan, the Dawn reported.


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