US wants to weaken Pak over Haqqanis: Taliban

Afghan Taliban batted for Pakistan over the issue of ISI-backed terror strikes in Afghanistan, claiming that the US wants to weaken Pak govt.

Islamabad: In an unusual step, Afghan Taliban on Tuesday batted for Pakistan over the issue of ISI-backed terror
strikes in Afghanistan, claiming that the US "wants to spread
chaos in Pakistan" and weaken its government.

In a statement issued in the name of `Mujahideen of
the Islamic Emirate`, the Afghan Taliban claimed US officials
had launched a campaign of blaming Pakistan for an "uptick in
the thunderous strikes" in Afghanistan in order to divert
attention from their "ignominious defeat".

"America wants to spread chaos in Pakistan through
various means, weaken its government and make it dependent
upon them.
"That is why it is trying to make this government
collide with its citizens and with this excuse, make them
fight each other to show that there is what they like to call
terrorist sanctuaries there (in Pakistan)," the statement
said.

The Afghan Taliban, which has usually refrained from
commenting on the situation in Pakistan, issued the statement
as tensions spiked between Pakistan and the US over
allegations that the ISI had backed the Haqqani network in
carrying out a string of high-profile terror attacks.

US military chief Admiral Mike Mullen had described the
Haqqani network as a "veritable arm" of the ISI.
The Obama administration has stepped up pressure on
Islamabad to act against the Haqqani network, which is based
in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region.
However, the Afghan Taliban statement claimed, "Neither
are our bases in Pakistan nor do we need residence outside of
our country in uncertain conditions.

"All the military and civilian activities in the country
are our own initiatives and our own actions."

It said Jalaluddin Haqqani, the founder of the
Haqqani network, was one of the "honourable and dignified
personalities" of the Afghan Taliban movement and receives
guidance for operations from Mullah Omar, the head of the
movement.

The Afghan Taliban contended ?it would be better for
America and her allies to put an end to the occupation of
Afghanistan as quickly as possible and do now what must
inevitably be done?.

The statement further asked the people and
government of Pakistan to "deliberate on America`s two-faced
and implacable politics" and give precedence to "Islamic and
national interests".

PTI

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