October 21st, 2011
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Hillary demands greater corporation

Hillary clinton Islamabad: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today demanded greater cooperation from the country to “squeeze” the Haqqani network who are responsible for attacks in Afghanistan. She stated that when US was doing its best on the Afghan side her country expects greater coorporation on the Pakistan side to handle the Taliban issue.

“It’s like that old story – you can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them only to bite your neighbours. Eventually those snakes are going to turn on whoever has them in the backyard,” Clinton said during a joint news conference with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar.

She told the news conference: “We should be able to agree that for too long, extremists have been able to operate here in Pakistan and from Pakistani soil. No one who targets innocent civilians, whether they be Pakistanis, Afghans, Americans or anyone else, should be tolerated or protected.”

Khar did not respond to questions about the US demand for action against groups like the Haqqani network, and said Pakistan’s future strategies would be guided by a resolution adopted by a recent meeting of the country’s political parties, which had called for giving “peace a chance.”

Pakistan-US relations could not be based on a “to do list” and the two sides need to forge an “operational convergence or operation work plan” to facilitate the endgame in Afghanistan, Khar said.”The US welcomes the progress that Pakistan and India are making toward normalising their trade relations as well as the implementation of the transit trade agreement between Pakistan and Afghanistan,” she said. Khar acknowledged that Pakistan-US ties had gone through a “challenging phase” in the past few months though the two sides have a convergence on stated objectives for the region.



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