Pakistan Army rejects presence of Haqqani Network in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Armed Forces’ officials have categorically
rejected the US allegations about any Haqqani Network in Pakistan and
ISI’s operations across borders.
Sources informed Online that
while briefing political leaders in the APC (All Parties Conference),
convened by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Thursday over national
security, the ISI chief Lt. Gen. Shuja Pasha and other army officials
strongly rejected the US allegations that ISI was exporting terrorism
and all such allegations were baseless and fabricated.
also highlighted the numerous sacrifices Pakistan had rendered in its
war against terrorism, regretting that it was still being held
responsible for all baseless and fabricated acts.
categorically denied that Pakistan had ever accepted any foreign
dictation regarding military operations in any area of Pakistan and
informed that seven provinces of Afghanistan were under
control/influence of Haqqani Network, out of which the Haqqani Network
virtually ruled four provinces.
Replying to various questions,
Lt. Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha said that in case of any US incursion in North
Wazirstan, Pakistan Army reserved its right to retaliate, and said that
Pakistan Army had evolved its strategy in event of any attack by
The ISI chief, expressed that Pakistan did not
want to go to any extremes in any Pak-USA controversy, while according
to sources, Pakistan Army also expressed reservations over the current
situation of Afghanistan and stressed that ISI had no hand in the recent
murder of former Afghanistan President, Burhan uddin Rabbani.
sources also maintained that as long as operations against terrorist
elements were being carried out in other parts of Pakistan were not
completed, and these areas did not revert to normalcy, any operation in
North Wazirstan was impossible.
It was also informed that despite the fact that America had promised anti-terrorism equipment, it had never been delivered.
briefing the APC participants, Pakistan’s foreign minister Hina Rabbani
Khar informed that during her American tour, she had put forth the
principled stand of Pakistan in front of entire world community,
highlighting the fact that Pakistan suffered the major brunt of war
against terrorism, but all its sacrifices had been in vain as these were
overwhelmed by mistrust and doubt.
She said that she had
impressed the fact on America that this mutual mistrust and doubt had to
be ended immediately, because things would/could never surge ahead in
circumstances like these; and America would have to play its due part
for a longer lasting peace in the region.
The foreign minister
stressed that Pakistan was playing bits due part with great
responsibility and sagacity, and reiterated Pakistan’s resolve for
maintaining its efforts for reconciliation in/with Afghanistan.
rejected the notion that Pakistan’s foreign policy was controlled by
any external source, and also disclosed that reservations of Pakistani
leadership had also been conveyed to American government.