Latest News / World News > The United States today expressed “frustration” with Pakistan on its unwillingness to take head on the Haqqani network, an issue which a top Pentagon commander acknowledged is one of the points of friction with Islamabad.
“As far as that has strained our relationship with Pakistan, there are friction points in our relationship with Pakistan and those activities are one of those friction points,” Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey told reporters, referring to the reluctance of Pakistan to take action against the dreaded Haqqani network.
“We have some interests on which we cooperate almost without question, and then there are other issues where we just have not been able to find common ground. The presence of Afghan Taliban in the FATA is one of those areas. And it’s our view that the Haqqani Network is as big a threat to Pakistan as it is to Afghanistan and to us, but we haven’t been able to find common ground on that point. So that’s been very frustrating,” Dempsey said.
“We are at war with al-Qaeda. We will pursue them wherever we find them because they are a global network which has the intent of threatening our homeland. So we are at war with al-Qaida and al-Qaida is in the FATA,” he said.
“Pakistan, with us, is at war in the FATA with other groups. Make no mistake about it: Although we are extraordinarily dissatisfied with the effect that Pakistan has had on the Haqqanis, we are also mindful that they are conducting military operations at great loss, by the way, elsewhere in North Waziristan,” he said.
“So Pakistan is at war in the FATA, and with us in some cases; not with any US military personnel, with us in the sense that they are trying to diminish the effect of those insurgencies on that side of the border,” Dempsey said.
Responding to a question on “US losing patience with Pakistan” Dempsey explained this is because the US considers that a strong action by Pakistan against the Haqqani network is essential for the United States to be successful in meeting its 2014 timeline of withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan.
“So the urgency I suppose is increasing for two reasons. One is, we’ve got to get RC-East (in Afghanistan) and the Haqqani influence reduced in order to meet our timelines for the transition that we’re moving toward, and at the end of 2014. So that’s number one,” he said.