|US-Canadian couple still in Pakistan after release from Taliban|
US President Donald Trump hailed the couple´s freedom after five years held in the lawless Afghan-Pakistan border region by the notorious Haqqani network.
"The Pakistani government´s cooperation is a sign that it is honoring America´s wish that it do more to provide security in the region," Trump told reporters.
"They worked very hard on this, and I believe they´re starting to respect the United States again," he said, adding that "a lot" of other nations were also showing greater deference to the US.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis meanwhile praised the release as a positive step in often rocky US-Pakistan ties.
"This is a very positive moment and the Pakistan army performed well. We will hopefully see it being a harbinger for the future," he told reporters on Thursday afternoon, without offering details about the nature of the operation. (Geo.TV reported).