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Deal strongly with Haqqani and LeT: US tells Pak

world Updated: Sep 19, 2011 15:00 IST

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has told her Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar to take strong action against terrorist groups particularly Lashkar-e-Toiba and the Haqqani network, which is blamed for the last week's deadly attack on American embassy in Kabul.

Clinton met Khar for a marathon three-and-half hours in New York, which US officials said started and ended with the Haqqani network and counter-terrorism operations of Pakistan.

She sought specific action from Pakistan against the Haqqani network, which the US now believes was behind the September 13 attack on its Embassy in Kabul, they said.

US officials, however, would not say if Clinton shared any intelligence information about such a link, but it was clearly evident that concrete evidences were provided to Khar during the meeting, said to be one of the longest meetings of Clinton with any of her foreign counterparts.

"They (Pakistan) understand that the threat that the Haqqanis pose to them, and I think they recognise it's time for them to take action," a senior State Department official told reporters after the meeting in New York.

"We were specific about the need for Pakistan to take action on the Haqqani Network," the official added.

"The attacks in Kabul on the 13th of September changed the nature of the meeting. Although it still lasted a good long time and we did review the whole nature of our relationship, that as you heard before, the issue of counterterrorism and particularly the issue of the Haqqani Network was, as you can imagine, the first thing on the Secretary’s agenda and also the last," said the official.