Pajhwok Services

Photo Service

SMS News Service

Pajhwok combines its expertise and experience in news reporting with a telecom firm and thus reach a wider audience in an 
effective way.

To subscribe: 
English News Update : Send 83 to 824
Dari News Update : Send 84 to 824
Pashto News Update : Send 85 to 824

Election Coverage

Special Mining Page

Afghan Peace Process Special Page

Addvertise With Pajhwok

Daily Newsletter

Language
Sending Time (GMT / Kabul time)

Suggest a Story

Pajhwok is interested in your story suggestions. Please tell us your thoughts by clicking here.

Take sustained action against Haqqanis, Pakistan told

Take sustained action against Haqqanis, Pakistan told

By
On
Jun 18, 2016 - 11:14

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The security situation in Afghanistaninfo-icon continues to be dominated by a resilient insurgency, the Pentagon acknowledged on Friday but asserted local forces remained in control of major population centres and key lines of communication.

Afghan security forces continued to deny the Talibaninfo-icon strategic ground throughout the country, the Pentagon told Congress in its six-monthly report on the situation in the war torn country.

Although the Taliban maintained a higher-than-usual operational tempo over the winter, the overall levels of violence were consistent with historical trends, it said.

The Pentagon said although al Qaeda’s core leadership in the Afghanistan-Pakistaninfo-icon border region had been degraded, elements continue to seek safe haven on both sides of the border to regenerate and conduct attack planning.

The continued development of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) highlighted the dynamic nature of the terrorist and militant landscape in the region, posing risks to the mission and to U.S. interests, the report explained.

It acknowledged Islamabad had a key role to play in peace talks between Kabulinfo-icon and the Taliban. “Pakistan must play a role in reducing the threat from terrorist and militant groups in the region,”

According to the report running into more than 100 pages, consistent mid-level military-to-military dialogue between Afghanistan and Pakistan on specific issues, such as the shared threat from IS-K, and occasional discussions at higher levels of the military and government early in the reporting period were encouraging.

“However, sustained Pakistani efforts to pressure the Haqqani networkinfo-icon and the Taliban and to disrupt active threat streams are necessary to help decrease violence in the region, to reduce the threat posed by these groups, and to achieve lasting progress on counterterrorism issues,” the Pentagon observed.

The Pentagon said the US continued to be clear with Pakistan about steps it should take to improve the security environmentinfo-icon and deny safe haven to terrorist and extremist groups.

It added: “These conversations continue to affect not only US dialogue with Pakistan on security and stability in Afghanistan but also during discussion of other issues in the US-Pakistan bilateral relationship such as security assistance.”

mud

Related Article


Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.

   

Add new comment

Advertisement

Twitter Update