US says Pak safe havens for terror groups pose ‘intolerable threat’ to it

July 26th, 2010 - 1:46 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban Washington, July 26(ANI): While the Obama administration has been saying that Islamabad was making progress against extremism, it has for the first time described militant safe havens in the country as an “intolerable threat” to it and Afghanistan.

The comments follow allegations that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence has been covertly supporting the Taliban.

“The safe havens for violent extremist groups within Pakistan continue to pose an intolerable threat to the United States, to Afghanistan, and to the Pakistani people,” The Guardian quoted a spokesman, as saying.

He also urged Pakistan’s military and intelligence services to “continue their strategic shift against violent extremists groups within their borders, and stay on the offensive against them”.

Whistle-blower organization WikiLeaks has released over 180 files, which reveals that the ISI has supplied, armed and trained insurgents since 2004

The ISI has rejected the allegations of playing a “double game”, pointing to the arrest of the deputy Taliban commander, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, in Karachi last February as proof of its good intent.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, said: “The documents circulated by WikiLeaks do not reflect the current on-ground realities.” (ANI)

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