'Reports of joint US-Pak Haqqani operation absurd'
Lahore: Speculations about a possible Pakistan-US joint operation against the Haqqani network in North Waziristan are absolutely baseless and absurd, senior Pakistani security officials have said.
According to The Express Tribune, one of the officials vehemently rejected the possibility of any ISI-CIA led joint operation code-named as ''Tight Screw'' against the Haqqani network.
The sources further added that such media speculations are creating misperceptions and that there is no truth in these fabricated stories.
The official also said that Pakistan does not support the Haqqani network and their activities inside Afghanistan, and denied using them as a surrogate against US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Earlier, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta had said the Pakistan military is planning to start an operation against militants in North Waziristan.
The report stated that Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani had confirmed to General John Allen, the commander ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) in Afghanistan, during a meeting that the operation was about to start.
"General Kayani did indicate that they had developed plans to go into Waziristan. Our understanding is that hopefully they're going to take that step in the near future. I can't tell you when. But the indication that we have is that they are prepared to conduct that operation soon," Panetta had said, calling it a welcome change in Pakistan's stance.