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Pakistan has spent 1.9 billion US dollars during Zarb-e-Azb



ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is fighting against the plague of terrorism with its own resources claims Foreign Office.

According to details, the Foreign Office said that Pakistan has been actively fighting the ongoing military offensive Zarb-e-Azb against militants in North Waziristan with its own resources and so far it has cost the national treasure up to US $1.9 billion.

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The Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah told in his weekly press briefing that this cost also includes expenditures because of return of the temporarily displaced persons (TDPs) to their native locations. “You would be pleased to know that this amount has been spent from Pakistan’s own resources,” he said.

He further told that Operation Zarb-e-Azb has met with a echoing success whereas strong actions have been taken against all terrorists without any discrimination; further adding that no distinction has been made between good and bad terrorist.

He said that talks regarding the settlement of Coalition Support Fund (CSF), with the US authorities for the release of the fund are in progress. Moreover, he added that Pakistan is steadfast to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan in the best interest of the two countries as well as the region. The remarks came after it was recently reported that the US would stop reimbursements for Pakistan’s expenses against militancy after 2015.

“Pakistan fully supports an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process. It is up to Afghanistan to take the next step in this regard, and Pakistan remains ready to facilitate,” he added.

So far over 1 million people have fled their homes in North Waziristan tribal region after the military offensive was launched in June, 2014. Out of these majority of them are still living in makeshift camps set up by the government.