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Pakistan, US spy chiefs discuss Haqqani network

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Sept 21, IRNA -- Pakistan’s spy chief Lt. General Ahmed Shuja Pasha visited Washington quietly for a one day visit to meet with his CIA counterpart General David Petraeus amid growing pressure on Pakistan to act against the Haqqani Network, media said on Wednesday.

The meeting between the intelligence chiefs was the third high level meeting in a week to discuss the Haqqani Network and its presence in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region.

With US officials urging Pakistan to take action and on Munday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar in New York, where the first and last thing discussed was the Haqqani Network.

On Friday, US chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Mike Mullen met Pakistan army chief General Kayani in Seville, Spain for four hours, where he reiterated his desire for Pakistan to take action against the group.

On Tuesday, Mullen had said that he had no doubt that the Haqqani Network was responsible for the attacks on the US Embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul on September 13, and the attack on US soldiers in Wardak on September 11 in Afghanistan. Mullen also said that the ISI, supporting proxies, must disengage from this part of their strategy.

The US military, which had been training Pakistani troops, has suspended their programs upon request from the Pakistani government, according to the Express Tribune newspaper.

The US Department of Defence spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth Robbins told the daily, “The number of US military personnel has been reduced and training has been suspended at the request of the Government of Pakistan.”

The spokesperson further said that while personnel had been reduced, the US military will continue deployment of a small contingent to provide support and help coordinate attacks with NATO.

“We will maintain a small presence of US military to conduct security cooperation, respond to future requests for support and to preserve military-to-military ties. We will also continue to work with the Pakistan military to improve coordination with NATO forces in Afghanistan,” the statement read.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30575241

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