October 20th, 2011
06:39 AM ET

Clinton challenges Pakistan on terror networks

From CNN State Department Correspondent Jill Dougherty in Kabul

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took off her diplomatic gloves Thursday in Kabul, Afghanistan, challenging Pakistan to crack down on terrorist safe havens on its side of the border.

In a joint news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai the Secretary, and in unusually forceful language, Clinton laid almost all of the blame for recent terrror attacks on Pakistan.

The U.S., she said, knows the Haqqani terrorist network operates out of safe havens in Pakistan. "We intend to push the Pakistanis very hard," Clinton said, calling it a "time for clarity."

Clinton is due to travel to Pakistan after her visit to Kabul, along with other senior U.S. officials.

"Our message is very clear: we're going to be fighting, we're going to be talking, we're going to be building," she said. "And they [Pakistan] can either be helping or hindering but we are not going to stop our efforts to create a strong foundation for an Afghanistan free from interference, violent conflict and [that] has a chance to chart its own future."

Clinton said NATO was taking action against forces of the Haqqani Network, which is allied to the Taliban and al Qaeda, "eliminating them on this side of the border, trying to squeeze them." She added that "more will be apparent in coming days." She said it had taken time for the U.S. to address the threat posed by the Haqqanis, and the question remained of how much support Pakistan would provide to get rid of them.


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  1. S. M.

    The reason is the current government has failed to meets it's duties.

    October 23, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  2. Ismaili girl

    My parents were forced and kicked out of pakistan only cos we are ismailies .. country where there is no respect for any other religion and culture can never progress example is pakistan.. I am glad my parents left this country and never went back in last 30 years

    October 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Reply
    • Ismaili boy

      Asalam aleyekum and Ya Ali madad, Ok i am ismaili boy from pakistan and this person who is calling her/him self an ismaili Girl is 100% not an ismaili. She is lying. I am ismaili and proud to be pakistani. All Ismailis love Pakistan thats a fact. We are happy with pakistani government and majority of people in pakistan are the best in the world. There are Ismailis who are ministers and governor , who are in Army, government and who own big businesses all our rights are fully protected in Pakistan. This so called ismaili girl is lying about her parents being kicked out of pakistan coz they were ismaili thats a lie. The user is an internet troll who is trying to divide Muslims. Founder of Muslim league was an Ismaili Imam, Jinnah himself was an ismaili and also nishane-e-haide holder havaldar lalak Jan was an ismaili. As an Ismaili i love Pakistan as much as i love my religion.

      November 12, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  3. aryan

    millions of pple in pakistan not a single miss universe or miss world ... not even a single noble prize winner ..

    *** abdul salam was out of cast ahmedia who was kicked out by Govt of pakistan****

    pakistan a country is unable to cure simple fever like dengue ..

    pakistan gdp is lower then somalia ..

    pakistan currency value is 90rs to us$

    afgabnistan is 45 to us$

    ahahahahah pakistani currency lower then afganistan .. a country with no Govt lol

    October 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Reply
    • S. M.

      If indians think they are so great why don't they fix their interior problems before they come on CNN.com and start trashing talking. Everyone out there just go to the streets of India to see what India is really about. Political corruption and torn down education system are just the basics of problems in India. A developing nation spends time on promoting their economy not starting trash talking on their regional rival country.

      October 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Reply
      • aryan

        listen women .. india knows how to deal with problems we dont go out with begging bowl like you pple..
        India got most millionares and billionares in south asia .. we are large country and we do have poor it will take few more years to fix that and we are working on it .. look how much progress we have done... we have our own auto indutry , ipl , bollywood , computer valley .. you name we got it ...

        pak is lucky they dont have no poor pple and no poverty then still how come no progress or any kid of industry ??
        they should be number 1 in the world right .. in it???

        October 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
      • S. M.

        Ok Aryan, what is an alternative for gasoline in India??????????

        October 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
      • aryan

        women 1st of all you didnt answer my single question ..thats how you pakies roll like to walk away when serious stuff is asked ..

        anyways have millions and tons of its own gas so for coming years we wont need anything and i am not scientist so dont really care or know .. but i know all buses , cabs and trucks in India run of cng ..

        anyways please answer me if your counrty dont have poverty and every one is educated .. how come u pple are 10 failed state in the world .. 🙂

        October 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
      • S. M.

        Aryan,

        Why do you hate humans do much??

        October 23, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • S. M.

      Aryan,

      Why do you hate humans do much?

      October 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Reply
      • S. M.

        Sorry typo there. It should be, why do you hate humans so much?

        October 23, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  4. Alha lion

    PAK IS SATAN

    Pakistan sold its pple to America

    pak cricketrs sold there country to Indian bookies

    Pak sold there land to china

    pak sold soul to taliban

    pak sold women to arabs

    pak sold kids to bachabaazi

    pak artist sold them selves to Bollywood

    WAOOO WHOLE COUNTRY IS FOR SALE ..

    October 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Reply
    • S. M.

      What did India sold???
      India was also on sale but the quality of it's products were soooooo bad that people in INTERNATIONAL MARKET said, "back off now!!!", hahahahahahaha

      October 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Reply
      • S. M.

        The quality of pakistan products are so good that people abroad want them more!!!!

        October 23, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
      • aryan

        Thats funny so you saying ur proud u sold ur ammi and appas pussy to arabs cos its good lol

        ATLEAST UR PROUD SELLER OF GD PUSSY GD JOB KID

        October 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
      • S. M.

        Aryan,

        I didn't know that coward bastards like you think about these things. KID you JUST proved HOW educated indains are!!!
        Keep going!!!

        October 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
      • aryan

        coward nation of salwaar wearing khusre 🙂

        you pple are born out of hate .. converties from coward hindus lol

        women go change ur tampon before u start bleeding with anger lol

        October 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
      • Steve

        @SM, yes your pakistan did sell suicide education and technology to the taliban and tha haqani network, now you got it what pakistan is good for, bomb making and destruction, sorry you got Islam the wrong way. hah ah a ha

        Chees ....

        October 23, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  5. ISMAILI GIRL

    PAKISTAN .. REALL NAME IS PAK IS SATAN .. THEY GOT NO GUTTS .. THEY TREAT THERE WOMEN AND MINORITIES LIKE CRAP ... IN 64 25% MINORITIES WERE IN PAK ONLY 1.2% LEFT ..

    ISMAILIES AND AHAMDIAS ARE BOMBED AND KILLED EVERYDAY

    PAKISTAN IN 64 YEARS COULDNT PRODUCE ANY GOOD TECHONOLY OR INDUSTRY .. MOST OF COUNTRY LIVES OF AID FROM UNO ..

    AFTER GETTING COUNTRY DIVIDED IN HALF LOSING 4 WARS COUNTRY IS STILL MESS ... 99% OF PPLE ARE DYING OF HUNGER

    POOR NATION OF COWARDS ..HATE TO BE LIVING IN PAKISTAN .. GOOD MY PARENTS LEFT THAT HOLE IN EARLY 70EES

    October 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Reply
    • veer

      75% of pak population comes to India for free medicare....all pakistani artist including rahat , wasim akram , adnan sami , shoaib malik and thousand more living of Indians and applyied for Indian citizenship...

      JINNAH FOUNDER OF PAKISTAN DIDNT EVEN RAISE HIS OWN FAMILY IN PAKISTAN .. HIS KIDS GREW UP IN INDIA

      October 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Reply
      • S. M.

        Hahahahahahaha! Keep going you all RACIST!!!!!!!!!!

        October 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • S. M.

      In India 200%%% people are dying of hunger and deadly diseases. Keep going you coward racist!

      October 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  6. bolve

    @ISMAILI GIRL
    Yeah n there is not much difference between that nation and you because they get donation and U on the other hand get ur pussy pounded to get some donations...

    October 22, 2011 at 10:18 am | Reply
    • S. M.

      BACK OFF!!! YOU RACIST BASTARD. GO FIND A JOB!

      October 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Reply
      • S. M.

        This comment is for "ISMAILI GIRL".

        October 23, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • ISMAILI GIRL

      lorru teri ammi ki gand main danda ... gashti ki aulad

      October 23, 2011 at 8:58 am | Reply
      • S. M.

        @ISMAILI GIRL

        If you think your nation is so great why don't you speak english bastard?

        October 23, 2011 at 11:32 am |
    • S. M.

      Really name of India,

      REPUBLIC OF CHOPUTPUR!!

      October 23, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Reply
    • S. M.

      Pakistan is the first largest country in whole world to use CNG (Compress Natural Gas) as an alternative to gasoline. Know the facts before you write comments, you all ignorant, selfish, uneducated, and coward people.

      October 23, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Reply
    • Ismaili boy

      hey brother i am ismaili. This person who calls herself ismaili girl is not an ismaili. The person is an internet troll who is trying to divide pakistan and muslims. take care

      November 12, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  7. ISMAILI GIRL

    pakistanies will never stop terrorism .. its there bread and butter .. pakistan in 64 years coudnt produce a single industry .. no cars , no 2 wheelrs ..nothing .. everything in that country is donated by uno or begged .. only way they can make money is terrorising other nations

    October 21, 2011 at 9:41 am | Reply
    • S. M.

      ANOTHER RACIST!!!!!!!!!!!!

      October 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Reply
      • Ismaili boy

        The girl is not an ismaili she is lying. We ismaili love Pakistan and all our rights are protected in pakistan. take care

        November 12, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
    • Ismaili boy

      Shut up ur not an ismaili. Pakistan zindabad pakistan ke dusman murdabad

      November 12, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  8. Boo

    she is an agent of Mossad and Raw... omg :p

    October 21, 2011 at 8:10 am | Reply
    • mir mujahid ali

      WELL IT SEEMS THE THE MAIN IMPEDIMENT IS PAKISTAN HAS SHORTAGE OF MAN POWER, THE WAR AREA IS VERY BIG IT HAS ALREADY LOST 35000 MEN IN WAR , IT IS NOW RELUCTANT TO LOOSE MORE YOUNG MEN- WHY THE NATO R LEAVING AFGHANISTAN

      October 21, 2011 at 9:18 am | Reply
  9. NotGod

    This lady needs to be in NYC where OWS protests are taking place. There is much that is needed to be done right here at home. Who gives a jack about afghanistan or others so fre@king far away? We got the guy we wanted to get so now get the eff out of that region. We have hurt everybody (including us) so much in the name of fighting terrorism. We are attacking countires (eg Pakistan) that have no official policy against us. Mexican drug cartels kill more Americans than the Haqanis. Yet we provide these cartels with more weapons. People are jobless at home while we outsource thousands of well paying advanced jobs to countries like India. People are finding it difficult here to provide for their families while we send billions of dollars in bailout money to foriegn banks and governments. Hillary needs to come bank and address the real issues facing the USA!

    October 21, 2011 at 3:16 am | Reply
    • agree100%

      this

      October 21, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Reply

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