US Senators State Coming Weeks Key To US-Pakistan Ties

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US has said that the coming weeks will show how committed Pakistan is to fight extremism. The comments were made by US Senators Jack Reed and Mark Udall who returned from a trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan. The senators said the Pakistan intelligence was working with the US authorities but said more cooperation was needed from Islamabad.

Senator Reed told reporters that the high level meetings between Pakistan and the US following Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to the region had helped to improve Pakistani officials’ attitude towards demands made by Washington. “It does feel, at times, like Pakistan is playing both the role of fireman and arsonist in Afghanistan,” added Democratic Senator Mark Udall, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The senators urged Pakistan to take concrete actions against the Haqqani network which is responsible for deadly attacks on US and NATO troops in Kabul.