She added that in her talks with Pakistani leaders, “We had a very in-depth conversation with specifics. We are looking forward to taking that conversation and operationalizing it over the next days and weeks – not months and years, but days and weeks, because we have a lot of work to do to realize our shared goals.”
Though Ms. Khar did appear to acknowledge that Pakistan could do more, analysts say a major breakthrough is not likely, given that the Pakistan Army does not view attacking the Haqqani network – which, unlike the Pakistani Taliban or Al Qaeda, does not carry out attacks inside Pakistan – as being in its own interest.
“I don’t think they’ve come to any sort of breakthrough on the Haqqani issue,” says Arif Rafiq, a Washington-based consultant on South Asia and editor of Pakistan Policy. “I think Hina Rabbani Khar was tasked to emphasize the shared interest in Afghanistan. The Haqqani network is the major difference – she avoided it to present this narrative of being on the same page,” he adds, noting that throughout the course of the press briefing, Khar did not mention the Haqqani network by name even once.