Pak policy on terror changed clearly after 9/11: Haqqani
Pakistan`s policy on terrorism has changed "very clearly" after the 9/11 attacks and the powerful ISI is now working to contain all terrorists, including the Taliban, the country`s top diplomat in the US has said.
Washington: Pakistan`s policy on terrorism
has changed "very clearly" after the 9/11 attacks and the
powerful ISI is now working to contain all terrorists,
including the Taliban, the country`s top diplomat in the US
Pakistan Ambassador to US Husain Haqqani also claimed
that the changes are in much "faster gear now" and Pakistan`s
military, intelligence and civilian leadership are all on the
"Well, look, Pakistani policy changed very clearly,
even after 9/11. It started changing. I think the changes... I
understand the cynicism of people. Pakistan`s history has
given a lot of people reason for cynicism about democracy,
about our relations with our neighbours, about relations with
the United States," he told CNN.
He said there is cynicism in Pakistan that will the US
walk away from it again if something goes wrong in Afghanistan
The envoy said the ISI is now working to contain all
terrorists including the Taliban.
"I can say with a great degree of comfort now that
the Pakistani intelligence services are working effectively to
contain all terrorists, including Taliban from Afghanistan and
from Pakistan and then these allegations are not necessarily
reflective of what is happening today," he said.
He was responding to questions on the series of
allegations against the ISI, as revealed through classified
documents released by WikiLeaks, that the intelligence agency
continues to maintain contacts with extremist outfits and
assist al Qaeda and the Taliban against the US forces.
"It`s not important right now from our perspective
to dwell on the history, but let us be very clear. Pakistan
does not share or appreciate the Taliban`s vision for
Afghanistan or for Pakistan," he said.
He said Pakistan can have a good future only if
problems in the neighbourhood are resolved.
When asked why Pakistan is reluctant to take any
action against the safe heavens in North Waziristan, he said
there is no way that Pakistan will let terrorists congregate
"The only question is we will do it when we feel we
can succeed militarily and also there will be a massive
intelligence operation that is already underway. We will make
no exceptions and I`m being very categorical in that. No
exceptions," he said, adding that this includes the Taliban.
"The Pakistani Taliban, all groups that are
responsible for terrorism in our region. We have had more
attacks in Pakistan in the last two years than any other
country. Our military has been attacked. We`ve lost general
officers, we have lost 74 ISI officials.
"Now, quite clearly, the Taliban are very clear that
we are the enemy. Why should then we lack clarity that they
are all our enemy?" Haqqani said.