Haqqani network likely on agenda during top US defense officials visit to Pakistan
By Khaama Press - Mon Nov 20 2017, 10:44 am
The US defense secretary and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff of the US military Gen. Joseph Dunford are expected to kick off their visit to Pakistan earlier next week and in December.
According to the local media reports, Mattis is expected to arrive to Islamabad early next week while Gen. Dunford will likely arrive in the first week of the coming month.
The two top US defense are expected to hold talks with the Pakistani officials aimed at attracting the cooperation of the country in the fight against terrorism and Taliban.
The two key US defence officials are likely to ask Pakistan to eliminate the Haqqani Network which, they claim, still has hideouts in Fata and uses them for launching attacks into Afghanistan, according to Dawn News.
The Afghan and US officials have long been insisting that the leadership councils of the Taliban and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network are based in the key cities of Pakistan where from they plan and coordinate attacks in Afghanistan.
This comes as the US congress last week passed a new amended bill regarding Pakistan and the notorious Haqqani network restricting the future military aid to Pakistan to actions against the terror network.
Passed on Thursday evening, the bill includes $700 billion for the US defense needs for the year 2018 as well as $700 million on Coalition Support Fund for Pakistan.
However, the US Congress has said half of the funds from the Coalition Support Fund amounting to $350 million will be withheld and will be released only when the US defense secretary certifies Pakistan’s steps against the Haqqani terrorist network.