Washington: Despite cooperating fully
with America to eliminate terrorism, there is too much
mistrust for Pakistan in the US.
"There is too much mistrust of Pakistan. Yes, there is
a history to it and we understand, for example, under the
Musharraf regime, there wasn`t cooperation. But the democratic
government of Pakistan has fully cooperated with the United
States, and Secretary Clinton acknowledged that," Husain Haqqani, Pakistan`s envoy to the US, told the CNN in an
"It is a process in which we need to overcome the
burden of history, move forward. And so there will be certain
occasions when we will be taking a step back. But there will
be many occasions when we will move forward together to
eliminate terrorism which is the common enemy of both the
United States and Pakistan," he said.
Haqqani said the people of Pakistan want America to
understand the situation on the ground.
"We would like the United States to realise that
there are circumstances that have created the menace of
terrorism in our country. Pakistan and the United States
paired up to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. A lot of
jihadist extremists are offshoots of that period," he said.
"We need a concerted effort inside Pakistan, an
effort in which Pakistan`s own economic, political problems
are taken onboard. This can`t be just based on specific
actions, in which we cooperate with the US. All the things
that the US specifically asks for in intelligence cooperation,
military action, we are there to help the US," he said.
"But at the same time, the US has to understand why
it is that these people are in our country, where they came
from, and how we can work together to remove the support
network that enables them to operate in our country," he said.