But despite US belief that Pakistan is not doing enough about the Haqqani network threatening Afghanistan, Islamabad worries that acting against the militant group will weaken Pakistan.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that the US expects Pakistan to act against militant havens within its borders “over the next days and weeks.” Mrs. Clinton's comments underscore growing US impatience with Pakistan’s reluctance to deal with the potent Haqqani network, which carries out cross-border raids from its territory into Afghanistan.
Speaking at a press conference after holding talks with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar in Islamabad on Friday, Mrs. Clinton also urged Pakistan to play a constructive role in bringing peace to Afghanistan, emphasizing that peace and stability in the region is in both countries’ interests.
Clinton sought to underscore the US and Pakistan’s joint goals in fighting terror, while acknowledging the sacrifices of 30,000 Pakistani civilians who have lost their lives to terrorism since 9/11.
But, she said, it is in Pakistan’s own interest “to squeeze the Haqqani network and other terrorists, because we know that trying to eliminate terrorist safe havens on one side of the border is not going to work. It’s like that old story – you can't keep snakes in your backyard and expect them to bite only your neighbors. Eventually those snakes are going to turn on whoever has them in the backyard.”