Pakistan ISI seeks to prevent US Congress from placing Haqqani Network on Black List
Thu Aug 02, 2:16 pm
The US Department of State says violent extremists in Pakistan still want to make aggressive attacks and apply coordinated terrorist assaults on Afghanistan.
According to the US Department of State’s report, Pakistan has not effectively countered against either the Haqqani network or the Lashkar Taiba group whose safe havens are both in Pakistan.
The report says some officials of the Pakistan Military are closely in touch with insurgents who will have leadership control over the insurgent’s activities in Afghanistan situation after the planned withdrawal after 2014.
The US Department of State in the mentioned report demands stronger actions from Pakistan in its fight against the Haqqani Network and Lashkar Taiba, saying that the Islamabad effort is weak in its stand against terrorism.
The report has mentioned that Pakistani officials insist that all their efforts are to prevent activities of the Haqqani network, but elements inside Pakistan military and ISI appear to be preserving relations with Taliban allies to be able to work with them after the exit of American forces after the year 2014 from Afghanistan. Violent extremists from both the Haqqani and the Lashkar Taiba networks find shelters in Pakistan and coordinate their aggressive attacks in Afghanistan.
The report also says Haqqani network is an ally of the Taliban and is stationed in Northern Pakistan, but for conducting attacks on American Forces and NATO Forces comes into Afghanistan, makes the attacks, and then flees back to Pakistani soil. The Director of the National Directorate of Security wants to demolish the Haqqani network because of the dangers it poses to Afghanistan. He said that the head of Pakistan’s ISI will visit America in order to try to prevent the US Congress from placing the Haqqani network on the black list.
The US Department of State continues to express its concerns regarding the Haqqani Network activities on Pakistan soil. It says that based on statistics from 2001 till end of July 2012, 1,935 US soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan, with 17,024 soldier having been injured due to insurgent attacks, especially from the Haqqani network.