Keeping up pressure on Pakistan to strike at militant groups in North Waziristan such as the Haqqani Network, US has warned if Islamabad does not be a part of the solution, it could be branded as part of the problem.
Pointing out that a “sort of witches brew of militant, groups” was sheltering in the rugged area, the under secretary of defense for policy, Michele Flournoy said US is engaged in a very “candid and intensive” discussions with Pakistan about how they can together deal with some of these groups.
“Insurgency continues to benefit from sanctuaries and support inside Pakistan. This has contributed to rise of cross-border incidents and the security situation,” Flournoy said.
“Safe havens along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan are a very serious problem, and they are at the top of our agenda in our engagement with the Pakistani government,” she said.