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'Pak can help turn tide in Afghanistan'

After months of mounting frustration with Islamabad over its unwillingness to crack down on Afghan Taliban leaders finding sanctuary on its soil, Pakistan finally appears to be coming through with cooperation that could help turn the tide in the war in Afghanistan, a noted US scholar has said.

world Updated: Feb 26, 2010 09:12 IST

After months of mounting frustration with Islamabad over its unwillingness to crack down on Afghan Taliban leaders finding sanctuary on its soil, Pakistan finally appears to be coming through with cooperation that could help turn the tide in the war in Afghanistan, a noted US scholar has said.

"But given Pakistan's long track record of support to militant groups fighting in Afghanistan and India, it is too early to determine whether the most recent arrests signal a permanent reversal of its past policies, or merely a tactical shift to demonstrate its leverage in the region," said Lisa Curtis from the Heritage Foundation.

She said it was unclear why Pakistan was stepping up to the plate now on cracking down on the Afghan Taliban, most observers believe Islamabad may be seeking to ensure it has a role in determining any potential settlement of the conflict.

"Others say it is partly a response to building US pressure. President Obama appealed directly to the Pakistanis to crack down on the Afghan Taliban through a letter hand-delivered by National Security Adviser General Jones to Pakistani President Zardari last fall," Curtis said.