Tough words for Pakistan from the exiting Joint Chiefs chairman
September 22nd, 2011
12:07 PM ET

Tough words for Pakistan from the exiting Joint Chiefs chairman

By National Security Team Supervising Producer Adam Levine

In Mullen's final days as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs he is certainly pulling no punches, especially in regards to what the United States believes are dangerous ties between Pakistan's intelligence agency ties to the Haqqani network.

Appearing for the last time in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee today, Mullen continued to criticize the Internal Services Intelligence agency (ISI), something he has been doing publicly over the last few days. Just this past weekend, Mullen met with his Pakastini counterpart and warned that a crackdown on the Haqqanis is needed.

Mullen said the Haqqani network is a "veritable arm" of the ISI.

"With ISI support, Haqqani operatives planned and conducted" recent attacks including last week's assault on the US embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul.

Pakistan is "exporting" violence to Afghanistan, Mullen said. That violence, including attacks on U.S. soldiers, has led to the CIA targeting Haqqani insurgents in Pakistan, as Security Clearance reported on Wednesday.

Mullen's comments were part of a wide-ranging hearing with the chairman and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta defending the Obama administration plans in Iraq and Afghanistan.  See full story HERE

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  1. Krish

    In other news, water is wet.

    September 24, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  2. Ayesha

    The people US is fighting are Pakthuns by ethnicity. Pakthuns never wished to be part of Pakistan. People should read history. In 1947 referdum (India vs Pakistan) inspite of The boycott of the Ghaffar Khan's party & Indian Congress the referdum went in Pakistan favor only marginally 50.1% that despite 100% of Pakthuns being Muslim. At that time Ghaffar Khan commented to the Indians "U SOLD the Pakthuns TO THE WOLVES(Pakis)". In hindsight how true that statement was, Pakistan accepted american aid and brainwashed these uneducated Pakthun refugess to be terrorists all in the name of Islam. It will take a long time for the Pakthuns to recover from this. This problem would have never happened had the leader of the Pakthuns Ghaffar Khan not boycotted the referdum. Pakthunistan would have been part of a secular India and been very stable and part of a economically growing India. Tragically it will end up as a failed state

    September 24, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Reply

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