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Pak, US military commands continue to disagree over Haqqani presence in N. Waziristan

Islamabad, Sat, 22 Oct 2011 ANI

Islamabad, Oct 22(ANI): The military commands of the United States and Pakistan have agreed to act against militant sanctuaries on the respective sides of the Pak-Afghan border, according to a news report.


However, disagreement over the presence of Haqqani network sanctuaries in Pakistan's North Waziristan Agency still persists between both sides, The Nation reports.


As per a reported agreement reached during the meetings between the top military and intelligence brass of both nations, the US and NATO troops would not initiate any ground operations in Pakistan's tribal areas.


"They won't cross border. They have agreed on resuming intelligence cooperation," the paper quoted intelligence sources, as saying.


Pakistan would hold crackdowns against the militants, but would not launch a direct or full-scale military offensive in the North Waziristan Agency.


Both countries would resume cooperation between Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for hunting down militants at both sides of the border.


However, both sides continue to disagree on the Haqqani issue. The Pakistan Army is adamant that the Haqqani network is not based in NWA, contending that the militant network has roots in Afghanistan's Kunar and Nuristan provinces, the paper said.


As an evident counter narrative strategy, Pakistan lately accused NATO of failing to act against Afghan militants and the Taliban who are involved in terrorism on Pakistani soil.


But the recent crackdowns by NATO in Kunar and Nuristan have exerted pressure on Pakistan to act on its part.


Pakistan's military has agreed to launch crackdowns on the militants, but contends that it is not in a position to launch a full-scale operation at the moment, the paper said. (ANI)


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