Pakistan's accord with militants not acceptable: US

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Washington, June 14 : US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South Asian Affairs, Donald Camp, has said that Pakistani Government must bring the frontier areas under its control, and added that an agreement that allows extremists to regroup and rearm is not acceptable.

The United States understood that the new Islamabad Government wanted to use talks with tribal leaders to secure peace, said Camp to a Senate Homeland Security subcommittee.

However, outcomes are what matter, said Camp, adding that an agreement that allows extremists to regroup and rearm is not acceptable.

Carl Levin, who heads the Senate Committee on Armed Services, is expected to have a key role in a Democratic administration, demanded the right of retaliation for Nato forces deployed along the Afghan border.

Levin said that the US forces in Afghanistan had the right to retaliate when attacked by militants from the Pakistani side of the border but not Nato forces, The Dawn reported.

Levin, who recently returned from a trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan, said he believed Pakistan "lacks both in capability and intention" to fight the Taliban and Al Qaeda militants.

He claimed that there were individuals in the Pakistani government institutions, particularly the Frontier Corps, who assist the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

ANI

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