Mullen presses Pakistan to crack down on Haqqani network
September 17th, 2011
07:22 PM ET

Mullen presses Pakistan to crack down on Haqqani network

By CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr

In their final official meeting, the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told his Pakistani counterpart he was deeply concerned about the attacks being staged by operatives loyal to the Haqqani network of insurgents that operates on both the Pakistan and Afghan side of the border.

READ about the Haqqani network

In a lengthy one-on-one meeting Friday night in Seville, Spain, Admiral Michael Mullen conveyed to Pakistan's Gen. Ashfaq Kayani "his deep concerns about the increasing - and increasingly brazen - activities of the Haqqani network and restated his strong desire to see the Pakistani military take action against them and their safe havens in North Waziristan," Mullen spokesman Captain John Kirby told CNN.

READ about the close relationship between Mullen and Kayani

Mulllen believes that "elements" of the Pakistani intelligence services known as the ISI "directly support" the Haqqani network Kirby said. US officials believe the Haqqanis are behind some of the most high profile attacks in Afghanistan, including the attacks earlier this week against the US embassy and NATO military headquarters in Kabul.

Pakistan's intelligence service has long supported the Haqqanis – first against the Soviets and more recently to counter growing Indian influence in Afghanistan. The Haqqani network has frequently targeted Indian interests in Afghanistan. It also acts as an intermediary when Pakistan wants to influence the behavior of other militant groups.

Mullen who is retiring at the end of this month, met with Kayani, for more than two hours. "They agreed that the relationship between our two countries remained vital to the region and that both sides had taken positive steps to improve that relationship over the past few months. They also discussed the state of military-to-military cooperation and pledged to continue to find ways to make it better," Kirby said.

Both men were in Spain to attend a high level NATO military meeting.


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  1. VC

    Pakistan is the cesspool of terrorist training around the globe. America has always been "used" and has "used" Pakistan. It is this relationship that is the cause for all the problems. I don't see why Pakistan is so strategic – other than the seaport to Afghanistan. Even within Pakistan the people are realizing that the Army / ISI control everything and that the politicians are mere pawns in the game. The money pumped in is used to keep the Militiary "happy". Ever see any poor Paki Generals??? AQ Khan continues to sit there as a national hero after stealing and then selling all nuclear secrets – with the full backing of the ISI. I am glad that finally Adm Mullen has spoken out against this two timing, "ally". Everytime you say something against them they talk about how much they have sacrificed. Maybe if they were not riding the tiger, the tiger would not eat them.

    September 24, 2011 at 4:16 am | Reply
  2. ranger 830

    Pakistan hates the west!!!! But they sure do like our $$$$$$$$ Oh and bacha bazi boys!!!!! Lets not forget that!!!!!!! The holy muslim warrior loves him some Bacha Bazi Boys on a friday night after a hard week of fighting the Infadels!!!!!!! LMFAO
    These are the most corrupt and vial two faced backstabbing liars in the world.But who are the dummies who keep handing them$$$$$$ the cash!!!!!!! RLTW bitches.

    September 20, 2011 at 8:34 am | Reply
  3. KRM1007

    PAKISTAN NATIONAL ANTHEM: English Translation

    Blessed be the sacred Land
    Happy be the bounteous realm
    Symbol of high resolve
    Land of Pakistan
    Blessed be thou citadel of faith

    The order of this sacred land
    Is the might of the brotherhood of the People
    May the nation, the country, and the state
    Shine in glory everlasting
    Blessed be the goal of our ambition

    This Flag of the Crescent and Star
    Leads the way to progress and perfection

    Interpreter of our past, glory of our present
    Inspiration of our future
    Symbol of Almighty's protection

    September 20, 2011 at 6:31 am | Reply
  4. KRM1007

    PAKISTAN….. THANK YOU …. THANK YOU…. THANK YOU!!!!

    “Since Sep 11, 2001, 21,672 Pakistani civilians have lost their lives or have been seriously injured in the war against terror.

    The Pakistani Army also has lost 2,795 soldiers while 8,671 soldiers have been wounded. More than 3.5 million have been displaced while the country has lost $68 billion due to terrorism.

    Despite sacrifices, Pakistan was still engaged in 'the war for world peace”.

    'CAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY DO SO? ONLY PAKISTAN.'

    September 20, 2011 at 6:28 am | Reply
  5. InfidelHere

    The fact is that the most significant contributor to Islamic terrorism is Pakistan, where the dictatorial government of these Muslims are Salafist....some of the most devoted and worse practicing Muslims the earth produces. Pakistan's mosques and madrassas have manufactured more actual terrorists than an arm pit like Saudi Arabia.

    They are responsible for the Taliban – the fundamentalist regime associated with al-Qaeda. Taliban chief Mullah Omar was educated in the Binori Mosque Madrassa in Karachi. The head of Pakistan's ISI intelligence service, Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad, not only provided the funds, arms, and direction to the Taliban, he and they provided direct wire transfers to Muhammad Atta, the 9/11 ringleader, immediately before he murdered 3,000 Americans. Pakistan is the home of Ramzi Yousef and Khalid Shaikh Muhammad, the men many believe conceived the first and second World Trade Center bombings.

    That’s right, there were TWO Islamic attacks on the World Trade Center by…wait for it…wait for it…MUSLIMS! Time to WAKE UP and understand WHO and WHY (ISLAM)) we are fighting!!

    September 19, 2011 at 11:15 am | Reply
    • bbb

      finally someone else who states the truth

      September 19, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Reply

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