Haqqani network’s infrastructure dismantled: Aziz
Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security Sartaj Aziz told a joint news conference with German Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier that the ongoing military action in North Waziristan was against all terrorists, including Haqqanis.
“Haqqani network is no longer present in Pakistan; they have shifted to Afghanistan after the recent military operations in the area,” he said, adding the infrastructure supporting the group been destroyed.
The improvised explosive device factories and communication facilities of the dreaded organisation had been disrupted, he said, two days after the United States also renewed its call for concrete action against the Haqqanis.
US National Security Adviser Susan Rice raised the issue during her meetings with Pakistani officials on Sunday. Kabul has also accused Islamabad of doing little to disrupt the network following a sudden uptick in Taliban attacks.
The visiting foreign minister praised Pakistan’s efforts in the fight against terrorism and encouraged the government to continue close collaboration with Afghanistan. “Pakistan and Afghanistan need to work together for peace and prosperity in the region.”
“It is early days when it comes to properly assessing the consequences of all these actions will have on the Haqqani Network,” he said in response to a query about the Waziristan operation
Steinmeier, who flew from Kabul to Islamabad, emphasised the need for continued rapprochement between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Despite recent hiccups, he stressed, the two sides must continue to foster closer cooperation for long-term peace and stability in the region.
The German foreign minister also met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif.
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