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U.S PENTAGON URGES PRESSURE ON PAKISTAN

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USA Defense Secretary and up to recently the head of CIA Leon Panetta (pic) and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke to reporters at a Pentagon briefing, on Tuesday 09/20/2011, and said that the United States must put maximum pressure on Pakistan to keep insurgents from crossing into Afghanistan.

“Our biggest concern right now is to put as much pressure as possible on the Pakistanis to exercise control from their side of the border,” Panetta said. “We have continued to state that this cannot happen. We cannot have the Haqqanis coming across the border attacking our forces and [Afghans] and disappearing back into a safe haven (see – Sirajuddin Haqqani). That is not tolerable, and we have urged them to take steps” (see -U.S Failed-Objectives). 

The secretary did not spell out specifics but said the United States will “take whatever steps are necessary to protect our forces” adding it is in the best interest of Pakistani to deal with terrorists within its borders.”

According to US ambassador in Pakistan Cameron Munter in an radio interview in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, on Saturday 09/18/2011, when referring to the attack in Kabul on 09/13/2011 (see -Kabul 09.13.11), “The attack that took place in Kabul a few days ago that was the work of the Haqqani network, and the fact that, as we have said in the past, that there are problems, there is evidence linking the Haqqani network to the Pakistan government, this is something that must stop” (see –Ambiguous Ties).

Also on Tuesday The commander of the Pakistani army in the restive north-western Swat District, Maj Gen Javed IQbal, has been injured when his helicopter came under fire on midday Tuesday 09/20/2011.The attack has been blamed by the army on Taliban militants. It says that the commander’s helicopter was attacked in the hilly region of Barawal in Upper Dir district.

Maj Gen Iqbal was hit in the leg and flown to Islamabad for medical care. The helicopter was undamaged and was able to land safely in nearby Dir.

* On Thursday 09/22/2011, in a US Senate panel Adm. Mike Mullen, repeated ambassador Cameron Munter allegations and accused Pakistan’s spy agency ISI of supporting the Haqqani group in planning and conducting last week’s attack on the US embassy in Kabul. “The Haqqani network… acts as a veritable arm of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency,” Adm Mike Mullen said.

 “With ISI support, Haqqani operatives planned and conducted a truck bomb attack, as well as the assault on our embassy,” said Adm Mullen, who steps down this month as chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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