Haqqani network has ISI’s support: US senator Carl Levin

 The United States (US) senator Carl Levin has alleged Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) of supporting the Haqqani network, an insurgent group active in Afghanistan.

Levin stated that US will continue fighting the militant groups based in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He added, “It is consistent with established principles of international law for the United States to defend itself against cross-border attacks by insurgents based in Pakistan, and to respond to those attacks.”

The US senator also criticised the Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousaf Raza Gilani saying, “Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani initially said that his government had publicly condemned these cross-border attacks, but he backed down when I asked him to provide examples of these statements. You can’t force Pakistan, and the idea that we can do that plays in hands of who are extremists.”

The Pak-US relations have not been good in recent times. Former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf claimed that the current political relationship between the two nations has reached the lowest point in history.

During Musharraf’s tenure as President, there was a better understanding between the two countries and things were much smoother than they are now.

However, the current situation has gone from bad to worse since the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has taken charge of the country.

The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Pakistan on Friday, October 21, 2011 and demanded the local government to push more in order to eliminate terrorism from the region.

Clinton stressed that both US and Pakistan were fighting against terrorism together and will continue to do so in the future until the insurgents are defeated.

There has been a lot of pressure on the Pakistani government to ‘do more’ against the increasing terrorism in the region. Although some people or groups are alleged to facilitate the terrorist network, it is Pakistan which has suffered the most in every aspect.

US has continued to pressurise the government in Pakistan to increase efforts against terrorism. However, alleging ISI of being involved with the Haqqani network will not help both countries to work as close allies and things will get far worse.