Monday, August 31, 2015

Pakistan Denies U.S. And Afghan Claims That The Haqqani Network Is Using Its Territory To Launch Attacks

Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz (R) shakes hands with German Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier (L) in Islamabad on August 31. PHOTO: PID

Wall Street Journal: Pakistan Denies Haqqani Insurgents Use Its Territory as Base

Pakistan responds to comments by U.S. national security adviser.

ISLAMABAD—Pakistan on Monday denied that a key Afghan insurgent group was using it as a base, responding to statements by the U.S. national security adviser about the group’s links to Pakistan during a weekend visit to Islamabad.

Washington and Kabul believe the group, called the Haqqani network, is based in Pakistan and is behind a series of bombings in the Afghan capital in August. U.S. security officials also believe the group is responsible for many of the most deadly and complex attacks in Afghanistan over the past decade.

On Sunday, on a trip to Islamabad, Susan Rice, the U.S. national security adviser, told Pakistani civilian and military leaders that the operations of the Haqqani network in Pakistan were “absolutely unacceptable,” according to a senior U.S. official.

WNU Editor: The organization has probably declined since the death of its founder .... Haqqani terror network founder may have died a year ago (CNN) .... but I suspect that the Afghans and U.S. intelligence are probably right that what remains is still dangerous and lethal.

More News On Pakistan Denying U.S. And Afghan Claims That The Haqqani Network Is Using Pakistan To Launch Attacks

Pakistani official says Haqqani militants weakened, despite US concern -- Reuters
Pakistan insists Haqqani network almost wiped out -- AFP
Pakistan rejects US claim on Haqqani Network -- Business Standard
Haqqani Network Wiped Out, Pakistan Assures Germany -- NDTV
Haqqani network disrupted due to military ops: Pakistan -- Zee News

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