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US tones down criticism of Pak

The US on Tuesday said it has sent a “clear message” to Pakistan that it wants to see action taken against the Haqqani network notwithstanding reports that Islamabad will not act against the terror group.

world Updated: Sep 28, 2011 00:47 IST

The US on Tuesday said it has sent a “clear message” to Pakistan that it wants to see action taken against the Haqqani network notwithstanding reports that Islamabad will not act against the terror group.

“The clear message that is being conveyed over the last week that we hope the government of Pakistan would take steps against the militants located on the Pakistani side of the border who carry out attacks against American and Afghan forces inside Afghanistan “ Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters.

“The secretary of defence (Leon Panetta) was clear on Thursday in testimony (before a Congressional committee) that in terms of options that might be looked at to pursue militants we are not going to discuss what options may or may not be “ Little said.

Branding Haqqani networks safe havens in Pakistan as “extremely troubling” and a matter of great concern another top US official said Washington wants to see action taken against them as the terror outfit s alleged links with Pakistan’s ISI continued to cloud ties between the once close allies.

“US has a clear position on this” state department spokesperson Mark Toner said acknowledging that he had seen media reports from Pakistan that they will not take any action against the Haqqanis at this point of time.

“We believe that these kind of safe havens are extremely troubling and indeed a matter of great concern and dangerous development for both the US and for Pakistan. So we want to see action taken against them “ Toner said in indications that Washington was steadfast on its stand against the outfit.