Aboard Air Force One: The Pakistani
government must act to clamp down on the Haqqani network,
blamed for the attack on the US embassy in Kabul, a White
House official has said.
"The Pakistani government needs to take action to deal
with the links that exist there," said spokesman Jay Carney,
adding "the Haqqani network is responsible for attacks on the
US embassy in Kabul and on ISAF as well as some others."
The alliance between Pakistan and the United States in the
10-year war in Afghanistan and against Al-Qaeda hit rock
bottom this year in the wake of the unilateral American raid
that killed Osama bin Laden near Islamabad on May 2.
In a series of escalating rows, Washington accused
Pakistan`s Inter-Services Intelligence agency of involvement
in the September 13 attack on its embassy in Kabul and a
September 11 attack on a NATO base in central Afghanistan.
The White House has since demanded that Pakistan "break
any link they have" with the Haqqani network, which was
founded by former CIA asset Jalaluddin Haqqani and is run by
his son Sirajuddin -- based in North Waziristan.
Amid the mounting tensions, Pakistan`s army chief General
Ashfaq Kayani on Monday scrapped a visit to London as
Islamabad refused to bow to mounting US demands for action
against the Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani.
Pakistani army spokesman General Athar Abbas said the
visit had been "postponed indefinitely" but would be
rescheduled. Abbas put the decision down to "the current
situation at home" but refused to elaborate further.