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Pakistan refrains from applying coercive pressure on Taliban: Pentagon

Pakistan refrains from applying coercive pressure on Taliban: Pentagon

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May 22, 2020 - 13:20

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon had encouraged the Afghan Talibaninfo-icon to participate in peace talks, but refrained from applying coercive pressure that would seriously threaten its relationship with the Afghan Taliban to dissuade the group from conducting further violence, a new Pentagon quarterly report said on Friday.

The report is the first one to be issued since the US and the Taliban signed an agreement on February 29 to facilitate the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistaninfo-icon. The deal has stalled due to differences between the Taliban and the Afghan government on prisoner releases and intra-Afghan dialogue.

The Defence Intelligence Agency report (DIA) also told the inspector general that “Pakistan continues to harbour the Taliban and associated militant groups in Pakistan, such as the Haqqani Networkinfo-icon, which maintains the ability to conduct attacks against Afghan interests”.

The DIA also told the inspector general that “Pakistan continues to harbour the Taliban and associated militant groups in Pakistan, such as the Haqqani Network, which maintains the ability to conduct attacks against Afghan interests”.

Pakistan continues to focus on countering Indian influence in Afghanistan and harbours the Taliban and groups such as the Haqqani Network, which have the ability to engage in violence on Afghan soil, the Pentagon report said.

The reported pointed to a continuation of Pakistan’s efforts to achieve its strategic objectives in Afghanistan, including shutting out India from the war-torn country.

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