US, Pakistan give contradictory statements on military operation in North Waziristan

US, Pakistan give contradictory statements on military operation in North Waziristan

Islamabad : Pakistan | Aug 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM PDT
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The United States has long been pressing Pakistan to launch a military offensive against Haqqani network based in tribal region of the country. The network has a strong hold in North Waziristan – a lawless region of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan. The United States suspect the network behind a number of terrorist attacks on the NATO-led coalition forces in Afghanistan. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States also believes that the outfit has been sending its terrorists across the border to target NATO troops and military bases. Dozens of casualties have been reported so far in such terrorist attacks. However, the United States has not furnished Pakistan with any concrete evidence against involvement of the network in terror activities across the border.

It is suspected that the very terror network is supported and funded by Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency – Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). The spy agency consider the network as one of their strategic assets and also high ups of the agency believe that they can be used to gain national interests in Afghanistan once the US-led coalition forces are withdrawn from the volatile country. It is pertinent to mention here that the United States plans to pull out the troops from Afghanistan at the end of 2014. All security related matters would be handed over to Afghan national security force and for the purpose, the security personnel are not only being trained by the US troops but also being provided with the latest and sophisticated weapons.

The United States believe that real peace can only be established in the violence-wracked Afghanistan if backbone of all the terrorist outfits is broken. For the purpose, they have launched multiple military operations against terrorists in different cities and provinces of Afghanistan. Following restoration of NATO supply routes from Pakistan to Afghanistan on July 24, chief of ISI Lieutenant General Zaheerul Islam visited the United States where he called on his counterpart CIA Chief David Pateraus and discussed matters of mutual interest. It was reported after the meeting between the high ups that a joint operation would be launched in North Waziristan to break backbone of Haqqani network.

Later on, US Secretary of State Leon Panetta has also confirmed about the military operation in North Waziristan. It was also reported that Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani also assured General Mullen that Pakistan is about to launch a military offensive against terrorists based in North Waziristan. However, top brass of Pakistan army has now denied the reports emerging in different section of the media. The security officials said there is nothing like North Waziristan operation on cards in the near future. On the other hand, Haqqani network is also soon to be declared as Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO) by Obama administration.

StephenManual is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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