Aggressive Hillary sticks to her point on Haqqani Network
Hillary Clinton, the secretary of states of US, has asked Pakistani leadership to take a stern action against the Haqqani Network as the militant group was a big threat to the peace and sovereignty of region and to her own country as well. Hillary was arrived Pakistan on Thursday, October 20, on a two day official visit and discussed various issue of common and bilateral interests with the stakeholders.
The former first-lady of United States has been visiting Pakistan fourth time in her life and recent visit has got great importance than previous ones as the circumstances have been changed to manifolds. In her fresh visit to Pakistan, she held special talks with Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, and a senior state department official declared the meeting very constructive and result orienting afterwards.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan also proclaimed the negotiations encouraging and said that, “Disagreements between the coalition partners in the war on terror should not undermine the strategic relationship which is so vital for the promotion of mutual interests of the two countries.” The Prime Minister was accompanied by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Kharr, Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Inter Services Intelligent (ISI) chief Ahmad Shuja Pasha, Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh and Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir.
However, Hillary did not show any flexibility from the old US stance of forcing Pakistan to take an immediate and effective action against militant group of Haqqanis. Disseminating the US message towards the ongoing war on terror she cleared that they are quitting from the war without seeking any suitable solution of the menace.
She added that, “Our message is very clear: We’re going to be fighting, we’re going to be talking, we’re going to be building. And they can either be helping or hindering. But we are not going to stop our efforts to create a strong foundation for an Afghanistan free from interference, violent conflict and one that has a chance to chart its own future.”
The US delegation was comprised of Hillary Clinton, CIA chief David Petraeus, and Mullen’s successor, Martin Dempsey.