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200 US military personnel present in Pakistan: Embassy

Approximately 200 U.S. military personnel are present in the country on the invitation of Government of Pakistan.

According to US embassy spokesman there are approximately 200 U.S. military personnel in Pakistan – all assigned to U.S. Embassy’s Office of the Defense Representative to Pakistan (ODR-P).

This small contingent is in Pakistan at the invitation of the Government of Pakistan to support U.S. security assistance programs and support training for Pakistan’s security forces, he said.

He also contradicted a report published in a national daily newspaper alleging that the ODR-P is “massively expanding its covert network under highly suspicious and questionable activities that include espionage and massive infiltration of the U.S. Marines in rural parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.” The article further alleges that U.S. Marines are residing in Islamabad conducting “covert operations” and posing as U.S. soldiers here for humanitarian purposes.

“These accusations are entirely false and, regrettably, have become a regular feature of the paper’s reporting. The U.S. Embassy was not offered an opportunity to comment on these false allegations. U.S. government programs for Pakistan are open, transparent and function in partnership with the Pakistan Government”, the spokesman said.

U.S. personnel and programs in Pakistan have only one purpose – to assist the government and people of Pakistan as they face the complex challenges confronting their nation, he said.

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