ISLAMABAD - The United States and the United Kingdom, the major champions for the cause of international war against terror, Monday cautiously supported Pakistan’s military operation codenamed ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ against militants and their sanctuaries in North Waziristan.

“The United States encourages steps that can increase stability in Pakistan”, US Embassy spokesperson Meghan Gregoni commented in response to a query.

Likewise a British High Commission spokesperson reiterated the support and commitment of his country to Pakistan as it tackles terrorism and extremism.

“We will stand together to tackle terrorism and the extremism that sustains it”, the UK HC spokesperson Jonathan Williams commented. However, he also added that it is for the Government of Pakistan to determine how to tackle this prolonged and deadly insurgency, in accordance with the international obligations.

Interestingly, there has been no immediate official reaction from other NATO members from European Union. So was the response of the Chinese and Japanese embassies when this scribe approached them for their official reaction on the military operation.

Meanwhile, it was reliably learnt that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has directed all its overseas foreign missions to highlight the commitment and determination of the government in tackling the challenge of terrorism. The Foreign Office would also arrange special briefing sessions for the senior diplomats of various countries.

NW OP Pakistan-led: State dept

Special correspondent adds from Washington: The United States said on Monday Pakistan’s military operation against foreign and local militants in North Waziristan agency along the Afghan border is entirely led and executed by Pakistan as American print and media highlighted the attacks being mounted by the Pakistani Armed Forces.

“This is a government of Pakistan operation as we have long supported Pakistan’s efforts to extend their sovereignty and stability throughout their country. But I will refer you to them. This is an entirely Pakistan-led and Pakistan-executed operation,” State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said in response to a question at the daily Press briefing.

She declined to elaborate on the ongoing action stating “this is a decision made and operation done by the government of Pakistan.”

Asked about the Taliban threat against the foreigners, the spokesperson saw no change in security situation in the country.

The United States evaluates security situation in countries around the world and make information available on the website “but nothing has changed over the last couple of days in our position there,” Psaki added.

Most American newspapers carried straight reports on the launch of the operation, and there has been no editorial comment so far.