Clinton Appeals to Pakistan And Confirms U.S. Contact with Haqqani Network

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The US Secretary of State has appealed to the Pakistani nation to abet the US in eliminating terrorism from the region, and help establish peace. Hillary Clinton in her visit to the country warned Islamabad to clamp down on insurgents in the tribal belt, especially members of the Haqqani network, the group responsible for the siege of the American Embassy in Kabul last month. The former First Lady also confirmed reports that US officials had met informally with members of the Haqqani group.

Clinton in her visit to Pakistan is accompanied by CIA Director David H. Petraeus and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. With the departure of NATO from Afghanistan scheduled for 2014, Washington is increasing pressure on Pakistan to do more to root out extremism from the region.
This is Hillary Clinton’s fourth visit to Pakistan since taking over as Secretary of State.

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