The Deputy Chief of U.S. Mission, Richard Hoagland has dispelled the impression that Washington was backing Minhaj-ul-Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri.

 

Tahirul Qadri, who returned to Pakistan after a five-year-stay in Britain, has announced a million-man march on Islamabad on January 14 to bring electoral reforms in the country.

 

Talking to media in Islamabad‚ he said his country does not support any political party or individual‚ including Tahirul Qadri. “The U.S. administration doesn’t bet on individuals or political parties and Qadri is not an exception at all,” he stated.

 

Commenting on drone attacks in Waziristan and Mulla Nazir’s killing in one of the same, he said America’s stance against terrorism was unshakable. He further stated that it would go as far as it took to fight the menace off, clarifying that any decision regarding military operation in North Waziristan will be taken by Pakistan itself.

 

He noted, “Washington will never leave Islamabad alone in the war on terror. We will see our ally through till the end. We wish a stable and stronger Pakistan no matter what.”

 

Richard Hoagland said that Pakistan and the US would soon work out modalities regarding disbursement of funds under the Coalition Support Fund as both the countries are not happy with current mechanism.

 

He said that the United States, like many other nations of the world, would support free and fair general elections in Pakistan, adding that the US wants to see stability in Pakistan.

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