US general meets Kayani, discusses Haqqani network

September 24th, 2011 - 7:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Sep 24 (IANS) US General James Mattis met Pakistan Army chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and discussed the Al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network, a media report said Saturday.

General Kayani protested the recent attacks from Afghanistan in Pakistan and demanded that these be stopped.

During the meeting with US Central Command chief General Mattis, the Haqqani Network and bilateral relations were discussed, said sources.

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen Thursday accused the Pakistani government of supporting the Al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network.

Mullen called the Haqqani network a “veritable arm” of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the country’s spy agency, as he testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the US strategy in Afghanistan and Iraq.

He said the ISI-supported Haqqani network was behind recent attacks in Afghanistan including the Sep 11 truck bomb attack and the Sep 13 assault on the US embassy in Kabul.

Mullen said the Pakistani government’s link to the extremist group would undermine the already troubled US-Pakistani relationship as well as the US-led counterterrorism campaign in Afghanistan.

Pakistan, however, dismissed US accusations that the ISI is using the Haqqani network for a proxy war in neighbouring Afghanistan.

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