Efforts to defuse Pak-US Tension on Haqqani Network

 

Although China on Tuesday categorically extended full support to Pakistan’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, yet Beijing is making efforts to defuse the ongoing tension between the US and Pakistan in connection with the militants of Haqqani Network. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani who met the China’s Vice Premier Meng Jianzhu termed China as its close friend.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has also asked her Chinese counterpart to begin a dialogue on Pakistan, given that the two countries share close ties with Islamabad.

Pakistan and the United States on Tuesday stepped up contacts to defuse tensions triggered by American allegations that ISI was waging a proxy war in Afghanistan through the Haqqani network, with US envoy Cameron Munter meeting President Asif Zardari besides a meeting with Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir for second time in as many days.

Meanwhile reliable sources suggest that Haqqani militants have quitted the North Waziristan due to the fear of any prospective attack by the US.

However, strained relations already existed between Islamabad and Washington since May 2 this year when US commandos killed Osama Bin Laden by violating the sovereignty of Pakistan and without permission from the rulers of the country.

Since then, Pakistan refused to accept American undue demands, and the US high officials continued their coercive diplomacy followed by pressure and threats—directly targeting Pakistan’s tribal areas, especially North Waziristan.

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