Recently, tension reached new heights between the United States and Pakistan regarding the Haqqani network when the US retiring Admiral Mike Mullen accused that with the support of Pakistan’s spy agency, ISI, Haqqani militants, based in North Waziristan of the country, were waging a ‘proxy war’ in Afghanistan, and were involved in the bombing of the US embassy. However, Pakistan’s civil and military leadership rejected the allegations and refused to do more, caring for internal backlash.
US President Obama and Secretary of State tried to defuse the tension. Both said in their latest statements that the US will continue supporting Pakistan in diversified fields. A White House spokesman also pointed out that cooperation between the two countries continues in connection with counter-insurgency continues.
Nevertheless, when Pakistan rejected American coercive diplomacy, Washington started showing lenient approach because without the help of Islamabad, the US cannot act upon its exit strategy from Afghanistan. Moreover, America also needs the assistance of Islamabad for a stable Afghanistan including stability in Pakistan which is essential for American global and regional interests.
As regards Haqqani network, its safe havens exist in Afghanistan where militants of the group are waging a war against the occupying forces.