Haqqanis driven from Pakistan’s tribal region, says Kerry
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Haqqani network fighters have been forced from Pakistan’s tribal badlands as a result of an ongoing military offensive in the federal areas near the Afghanistan border, the US has said.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, referring to the Obama administration’s request for $742 million assistance to Pakistan, told senators: “We are helping Afghanistan and Pakistan to counter violent extremism.”
Senator Bob Corker, according to news reports, alleged: “They (Pakistan) continue to support the Taliban, the Haqqani network and to give safe haven to Al Qaeda.”
In response, Kerry said the Pakistani military had driven the Haqqanis into new locations. But he confirmed some entities in Pakistan were still complicating efforts to eradicate the insurgent outfit.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Crocker said a tremendous amount of US taxpayers’ money had gone into Waziristan, changing the context of those areas and yet they did not stop supporting militants.
Kerry assured the senator the State Department had evaluated all aspects of the counterterrorism efforts with respect to Pakistan’s impact on Afghanistan.
Some weeks backs, Kerry recalled, he met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Switzerland and conveyed him US concerns about the need to rein in particular terrorist groups using Pakistan as a sanctuary.
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