‘Pak must stop treating Afghanistan like a colony’

An editorial in the Daily Times said Pakistan should take swift action against the Haqqani network.

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2011, 17:45 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan must stop treating Afghanistan like its colony and fight the war against terror for its own good, according to an editorial in a leading Pakistani newspaper.

The editorial in the Daily Times also said that instead of complaining about the United States’ “do more” mantra, Pakistan should take swift action against the Haqqani network.

“Sirajuddin Haqqani’s statement about having shifted to Afghanistan sounds hollow. The Haqqani network might not be present in North Waziristan now as some reports suggest that they have moved to Kurram Agency. Our intelligence agencies are well aware of their presence in the country,” the editorial said.

“Instead of supporting the Afghan Taliban, we must realise that in the end, the Taliban — be they local or otherwise — are no one’s friends, but themselves. The attacks by the Pakistan Taliban from across the border show that they have found support from the Afghan Taliban,” it added.

It further said that the US-led war in Afghanistan is far from over.

“It has already spilled into our borders and when the foreign troops leave, there is more danger of an escalation in the Taliban’s activities,” the editorial said.

The editorial further stressed that Pakistan should not take the US warnings lightly.

ANI