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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Pakistan using Haqqani network to wage 'proxy war' in Afghanistan
The United States has accused Pakistan's military of using the Haqqani network to wage a "proxy war" in Afghanistan, as officials in Washington ratchet up pressure on Islamabad to take on insurgent groups fighting Nato forces.
Admiral Mike Mullen and a 'Wanted' poster for Sirajuddin HaqqaniPhoto: EPA
Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the country's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency had to sever all ties with the Haqqani militants.
His comments are the latest sign of a tougher, coordinated public line – echoed by Leon Panetta, US defence secretary, and Cameron Munter, Washington's ambassador to Islamabad in recent days – amid frustration at Pakistan's slow progress in moving on Haqqani bases along the Afghan border.