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There is connection between ISI and Haqqani network: McCain

world Updated: Jul 04, 2011 12:25 IST

A top US Senator has accused Pakistan's ISI of having links with the Haqqani network and asked the Obama Administration to have a true assessment of the situation in the country.

"One of our big problems is of course Pakistan and a lot of the leadership resides in Pakistan," John McCain, the top Republican Senator from Arizona told the CNN in an interview on Sunday.

He said there is no doubt that there is connections between Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) and the Haqqani Network.

"We are going to have a realistic assessment of the true assessment in Pakistan, because there's no doubt that there is connections between ISI and the Haqqani Network who are responsible not only for the hotel tragedy there, but also for the attacks on Americans and our allies," he said.

"And that's not acceptable," McCain said.

There has been no signs yet if the Taliban are ready for talks.

"When the Taliban are ready to talk peace it will be when they are convinced that they can't achieve their goals on the battlefield," he said.

"Now we have had enormous success over the past year and I should have mentioned that earlier in our conversation, and we have taken out a lot of the mid-level Taliban that are operating in Afghanistan," McCain said.

On Thursday, McCain had said that it was the ISI which leaked the US intelligence information about bomb making factories, a top Republican Senator claimed Thursday and demanded that the Obama Administration establish strong benchmarks for US aid to Pakistan.