Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria on Thursday claimed that the Haqqani Network operates from Afghanistan, not Pakistan.
He also claimed that the Taliban and other terrorist outfits have been eliminated from Pakistan and that those surviving are functioning from Afghanistan. He stressed that most Haqqani leaders had been killed in Afghanistan.
His remarks came a day after U.S. Senator John McCain said that the U.S. should change its ‘behaviour’ towards Pakistan if the country does not stop supporting the terrorist networks.
In response to Pakistani Foreign Office Spokesman’s statement, the Afghan Defense Ministry Spokesman Dawlat Waziri said that Pakistan attempting to devious the U.S. and international community’s stand towards insurgent groups in the region.
“At a time when the United States is about to announce its new strategy against terrorism in the region, Pakistan now wants to devious the international community by delivering such remarks,” Waziri said.
Recently, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States in an article which has been published by the New York Times has said that the U.S. policy in Afghanistan should involve adopting a “tougher” approach to Pakistan.
“The Taliban are said to control or contest 40 percent of Afghanistan’s territory, Taliban leaders operate from the safety of Pakistan,” Hussain Haqqani wrote.
Confirming the remarks made by former Pakistani diplomat, Hussian Haqqani, the Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman said that the ongoing war in Afghanistan being managed in Pakistani soil. Adding: “If Pakistan acts honestly, sixty percent of security in Afghanistan could be ensured.”
It comes as the Afghan and U.S. officials have been increasing pressure on Pakistan to cut its ties with the Haqqani network – an affiliate of the Taliban regarded by Washington as the most dangerous security threat to coalition and Afghan forces in Afghanistan.