Mike Mullen, DOD:
Pakistanís ISS Uses al-Qaida Linked Haqqani Network
September 22, 2011
top U.S. military official has accused Pakistan of exporting violent
extremism to Afghanistan by using militants as an ďarmĒ of its military
Washington blames Haqqani operatives, with Pakistanís Inter-Services
Intelligence (ISI) support, of planning and conducting a September 11
truck bomb attack, as well as last weekís assault on the U.S. Embassy in
In his final congressional testimony before retiring next week, Navy
Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of The Joint Chiefs of Staff, told U.S.
senators Thursday that Pakistanís ISS uses the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani
network to act in Afghanistan against Afghan and coalition forces.
Adm. Mullen said that by exporting violence, Pakistan has eroded its
internal security and position in the region. He also said Pakistan has
undermined its international credibility and threatened its economic
Speaking alongside Mullen, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said
Pakistan must take steps to prevent safe havens for the Haqqani network.
Late last week, Panetta warned the U.S. would take action to protect its
forces in Afghanistan from Pakistani-based militants, but he did not
U.S. officials maintain that Haqqani militants have been attacking
coalition Afghan and coalition troops in Afghanistan and taking shelter
in sanctuaries across the border in Pakistanís North Waziristan tribal
has repeatedly rejected such accusations by the U.S. Pakistanís
Information Minister Firdous Ashaq Awan told VOA's Urdu Service that
Pakistan is working for peace in Afghanistan and that what he called
ďpropagandaĒ accusing Pakistan of helping militants is meant to sabotage
Meanwhile, Pakistani Interior
Minister Rehman Malik promised to take action against the Haqqani
network if the U.S. provides sufficient intelligence to help in the
Malik told reporters Wednesday that Pakistan is cooperating with the
U.S. in tackling the issue of militancy in the region. But he maintained
that the Haqqani network is not in Pakistan.
Admiral Mullen also says the U.S. has credible intelligence that the
Haqqanis were responsible for a June 28 attack against the
Inter-Continental Hotel in the Afghan capital, which is popular among
foreigners and government officials.