`Tackling Haqqani is no.1 job for both US and Pak`
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 01, 2011, 16:47
  
Washington: The US has said that tackling the Haqqani network is the number one job for its ties with Pakistan, even though Islamabad has publicly refused to take action against this terrorist outfit under American pressure.

"We continue to believe that job one between the US and Pakistan on the counter-terrorism front is to tackle the Haqqani Network," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters yesterday.

"We continue to make outreaches at all levels to our Pakistani counterparts," Nuland said and announced that the Special US representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Mark Grossman, will be traveling to the region.

"He'll be in Kabul, he'll be in Islamabad, he will be in some of the neighboring countries. So this is a chance to continue that work," she said.

"I think what's important in this case is that we continue to have very clear and candid conversations among all of the principals with their Pakistani interlocutors. Grossman is on his way to the region to continue those conversations. So the dialogue continues; we've got to find a way to work on this together," she said.

Nuland conceded that Afghanistan has expressed its concern over tri-partite dialogue that includes Pakistan.

"We've seen the concerns that have been reported in the press. And Ambassador Grossman looks forward to talking to both Afghans and Pakistanis about this," she said.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, October 01, 2011, 16:47


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