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President Donald Trump announced that US and Pakistani officials had secured the release of an American woman, her Canadian husband and their three children from Taliban captivity. On Thursday, the Army's media wing confirmed the rescue and recovery of five foreign nationals in an intelligence-based operation. The US leader identified the kidnapped couple as Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle, and said their release was a "positive moment" for US relations with Pakistan. "Ms Coleman gave birth to the couple's three children while they were in captivity," Trump said, in a White House statement. "Today, they are free."

Analysts on Telephone: 

Maj Gen (Retd) Farooq Malik (Defense Analyst):

The rescue of American hostages from Afghan terrorist by our security forces is a great achievement. A clear message has been sent to the elements that were doubtful about the abilities of our security agencies. The main challenge in such sort of operation is to rescue the hostages alive from the militant’s captivity. Donald Trump who has been giving anti-Pakistan statements few days back is now praising the government and security forces for freeing the hostages from militants. US intelligence agencies have also contributed by sharing intelligence information.

Pak-U.S. security cooperation is important for regional peace, stability: Pakistan and the United States at delegation level talks in Islamabad have reviewed bilateral relationship in wake of US strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia.

Pakistan and United States have agreed to continue discussions on all matters of mutual interest for bilateral cooperation and peace in the region. The understanding came during a delegation level talk in Islamabad today. US Interagency delegation was led by Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Director for South Asia Ms. Lisa Curtis. Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua led the Pakistani side. The two sides reviewed the State of play in the relationship in wake of the US strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia. Reiterating Pakistan's stance for a politically negotiated settlement owned and led by the Afghans, Foreign Secretary reaffirmed Pakistan's constructive participation in all regional and bilateral mechanisms aimed at pursuing a peaceful solution to the Afghan conflict.

Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema (IR Expert):

The delegation level meeting between Pakistan and United States is a positive development in which both sides agreed to continue dialogue on regional issues. Pakistan has rightly decided to hold talks with United States on equal footings. Although United States has its trade interests with India yet it is a fact that Afghan peace is not possible without the support of Pakistan.

Host: Arshad

Co Host: Shehzad


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