US allowed limited operations on Pakistani soil: Kasuri

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Islamabad, Sep 30 (UNI) Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri has disclosed that Pakistan had allowed the United States to conduct limited operations in its territory against al-Qaeda and Taliban-linked militants.

''Pakistan had allowed the US to conduct limited operations,'' Kasuri told Geo television.

Kasuri's remarks came against the backdrop of a series of protests that Pakistan lodged with US officials for repeated missile strikes in the tribal regions by American drones during the last two months which killed dozens of people.

''We could not go to the limits that were demanded by the US,'' he said but did not explain what did actually the US want.

On nuclear issue, he said Pakistan was adhering to nuclear safeguards of international standard for the safety of its nuclear programme.

''There are several security layers meant for our nuclear programme. We have nuclear safeguards in accordance with international standards adopted by other nuclear powers,'' he said.

He said the country's nuclear programme was in safe hands.

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