US Political And Military Leadership Escalating Pressure On Pakistan To Act In North Waziristan

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The US once again increased its pressure on Pakistan to take action against the Haqqani network. In a meeting between Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) Admiral Mike Mullen in Seville Spain on Friday, the US representative asked Pakistan to act against safe havens of the group in the country. The statement followed earlier remarks by the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Congressman Mike Rogers and the US ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter. Both called for tougher action by Islamabad against militants. Cameron Munter added that US has evidence linking Haqqani network to ISI. The issue was also discussed in detail at a meeting between Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New York on Sunday.

Meanwhile Haqqani group delivered statements over the weekend that they operate out of Afghanistan and ready to negotiate if Taliban do so as well.

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