Reconciliation with Haqqani `hard to imagine`: US envoy
Last Updated: Sunday, June 20, 2010, 21:46
Islamabad: The US special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan today said that Washington was not against reconciliation with militants, but with the Haqqani network it was "hard to imagine."

The Haqqani network's leadership is based in Pakistan and has close ties with foreign militant groups including Al-Qaeda, and a long history in Afghanistan.

"Hard to imagine," was Richard Holbrooke's response to reporters in Islamabad when asked if the Jalaluddin Haqqani-led militant group was reconcilable.

"But I do want to underscore that we have some very clear publicly stated criteria and one is renounce Al-Qaeda and other is participate voluntarily in the peaceful evolution of Afghanistan within its constitution," Holbrooke said.

"And this is hard to see that happening, but who knows."

Holbrooke acknowledged that Pakistan was trying to fight the Haqqani network in North Waziristan, a tribal district bordering Afghanistan.

"The Pakistanis are trying to deal with this problem, they are well aware of it and even in the area in North Waziristan there is some activity going on, but there is a lot more that could be done if the resources were available."


First Published: Sunday, June 20, 2010, 21:46

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