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Faisal said there was concern over the activities of anti-Pakistan terrorists based in Afghanistan.

"[It] needs to be appreciated that Pakistan has fought the war against terrorism largely from its own resources, which has cost over $120 billion in 15 years", Pakistan said in a statement on Friday, which noted that counter terrorism efforts between the two countries has "decimated al-Qaeda" and other groups, directly serving the national security interests of the us and the worldwide community.

"We have been the victim of terrorist attacks and how can we tolerate the presence of militants on our soil", he said. Working towards enduring peace requires mutual respect and trust alongwith perseverance.

A State Department official told VOA on Wednesday "we have not received any formal communication from the government of Pakistan regarding a suspension".

To a question, Dr Muhammad Faisal stated that Pakistan desires dignified and sustainable repatriation of Afghan refugees to their homeland. He added that the U.S.is suspending but not cutting off permanently security aid to Pakistan.

"However, now Afghanistan and worldwide community must invest in the "Pull factor" regarding Afghan refugees", he added. "It must be appreciated that Pakistan has fought the war against terrorism largely from its own resources, which has cost over $123 billion in 15 years", office of the spokesperson noted.

Khan said that China, Russia and Iran were equally important as the U.S. to Pakistan and reaffirmed Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif's statement signalling that the alliance between Pakistan and the United States was over.

They were also briefed about the terrorist threat emanating from safe havens and sanctuaries in Afghanistan, resulting in the loss of human lives and damage to infrastructure in Pakistan, the statement said, adding, "Details were also provided on how Indian belligerence and unhelpful posturing is distracting Pakistan's counterterrorism efforts and how an active RAW/NDS nexus is verifiably working to undermine Pakistan's internal stability".

When asked to comment on Pakistan's reported move, USA under secretary of state Steve Goldstein said: "We're hopeful for future cooperation from Pakistan".

Relying to another query, he said National Security Adviser Lt General (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua visited Iran where he met his Iranian Counterpart. In the said incident, the marauding troops dragged the driver out from the vehicle and shot the passengers in cold blood, killing 20 innocent people on the spot, after which the troopers started spraying gun powder, petrol and kerosene on the surrounding buildings and torched them too leading to more deaths and grievous injuries.

Khan said his country wants to keep engagement with the United States open and would use its leverage after the utmost care and deliberation.

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