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‘Optimistic’ to think Pakistan will target Haqqani Network: CIA Chief

Friday - Feb 03, 2012, 03:29pm (GMT+5.5)
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Washington -  Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director General (retd) David Petraeus has said it is optimistic to think that Pakistan will target the Haqqani Network.

In a hearing on Thursday of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on worldwide threats in 2012, Petraeus said that the US needs to be cautious with Pakistan’s ability and willingness to “go after” the Haqqani Network and those Taliban leaders    present in Balochistan, known as the Quetta Shura.

Petraeus said that there were elements in Pakistan that enjoyed sanctuary, which in turn has caused problems for the coalition and Afghan forces.

Petraeus, however, acknowledged that as a partner, Pakistan had “confronted a number of extremist organisations”, including the al Qaeda.

Acknowledging that cooperation with Pakistan continues in various forms, he said Islamabad took a “significant step” recently by detaining an IED expert in Pakistan. He also said that Pakistan had sustained heavy losses in taking action against the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan.

At the hearing, Director for National Intelligence James Clapper said that Taliban leaders continue to enjoy safe havens in Pakistan.





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