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Gen. Raziq: US should force Pakistan to give up support to militants

Gen.-RaziqAFGHANISTAN: The provincial police chief of southern Kandahar province Gen. Abdul Raziq has said the United States should force Pakistan to halt support to the anti-government armed militants in Afghanistan in a bid to help secure stability in the country.

Insisting on coordinated military operations amid ongoing efforts to revive peace talks, Gen. Raziq said “The United States has enough information regarding Pakistan. We want the United States to increase pressure on Pakistan so that they give up support to the insurgent groups.”

“The United States should step in and take actions to dismantle the terrorist safe havens in order to end the ongoing violence in Afghanistan,” Gen. Raziq was quoted as saying in a report by Tolo News.

He said the Afghan leaders should continue to their efforts to maintain stability through peace talks but the military should maintain crackdown on militants.

The remarks by Gen. Raziq comes as the Afghan officials have long been criticizing Pakistan for supporting and sheltering the anti-government armed militant groups waging violence in Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz admitted that Islamabad has influence on the Afghan Taliban leaders based Pakistan and for the first confirmed that the group’s leaders are based in Pakistan.

Aziz further added that the country could use certain leverages to bring the Taliban leaders to negotiations table with the Afghan government.

Meanwhile, the US lawmakers recently expressed concerns regarding Pakistan’s ties with the notorious Haqqani terrorist network which is accused of staging numerous cross-border attacks from their base in North Waziristan, including the 19-hour siege at the US Embassy in Kabul in September 2011.

The network is allied with al-Qaida and the Afghan Taliban and cooperates with other terrorist organizations in the region and was designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization on September 7, 2012 by the US Department of State. -KP


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