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Pak planning measures to restrict Haqqanis' movement: Report

world Updated: Nov 02, 2011 15:12 IST
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With the US stepping up pressure on it to "squeeze" the Haqqani network, the Pakistani army is planning measures to restrict the movement of the dreaded terror outfit in areas along the Afghan border as part of an understanding reached with Washington.

The US has been successful in winning Pakistan's support to curtail the Haqqani network, a Taliban faction blamed for a string of deadly attacks in Afghanistan, The Express Tribune newspaper reported today quoting its sources.

Two senior unnamed security officials confirmed that the Pakistani military had decided to restrict the movement of all militant groups, including the Haqqani network, and deny them space within Pakistan's borders.

"We will play our part while coalition forces (in Afghanistan) will stop infiltration from across the border," said an unnamed Pakistani military official.

The officials refused to provide details of the plan.

The report said that the move, if confirmed, would be seen as a departure from the security establishment's years-old approach towards the Haqqanis.

The US has stepped up pressure on the Pakistani military to go after the Haqqanis, who have bases in the restive North Waziristan tribal region, in the aftermath of the May 2 raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad.

The report said the change on Pakistan's part did not mean that the army will "directly confront" the Haqqani network, which Islamabad "believes will have a vital role in any future political dispensation" in Kabul.

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