Pak, US step up contacts to defuse tensions

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 00:37

Islamabad: Pakistan and the US today stepped
up contacts to defuse tensions triggered by American
allegations that the ISI was waging a proxy war in Afghanistan
through the Haqqani network, with US envoy Cameron Munter
meeting Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir for the second time in
as many days.

Munter met Bashir at the Foreign Ministry to discuss ways
to reduce tensions and bring relations between the estranged
allies in the war on terror back on an even keel, diplomatic
sources said.
Munter had met the Foreign Secretary yesterday after his
return from Washington.

Following yesterday`s meeting, Foreign Office
spokesperson Tehmina Janjua said in a message posted on
Twitter that the talks between the two officials were a
follow-up to the meeting between US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar in the US on
September 18.

"Both agreed on dialogue, deeper engagement at all
levels," she said.

Pakistan and the US have had heated exchanges after
American military chief Adm Mike Mullen accused the
Inter-Services Intelligence of backing the Haqqani network in
carrying out terror attacks in Afghanistan.
He described the Haqqani network as a "veritable arm" of
the ISI.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik today said Pakistan
expects the US and other allies to recognise its sacrifices in
the war on terror as the country has lost 36,000 innocent
lives and 68 billion dollars.


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First Published: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 22:25

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