US to Pak: Do not pass info to Haqqani

Washington: The US has asked Pakistan to make sure that intelligence information does not flow to the Haqqani network as part of efforts to squeeze the dreaded terror group that has attacked American interersts in Afghanistan.

A senior administration official said that there were a range of issues that could help to facilitate in squeezing the Haqqani network from the Pakistani side, and would be very complementary to US efforts on the Afghan side of the border.

"That includes ensuring that intelligence doesn`t go to the Haqqani network, that they address Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) issues, that they don`t benefit from financial resources or flow of finances, that we deal specifically with areas where we know the Haqqani network and the Taliban are based, including kind of key cities along the border," the official said yesterday.

The issue was raised by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, during her recent trip to Islamabad. "We continue to work very, very closely with them, and (Pakistani Army Chief) General (Ashfaq Pervez) Kayani and the civilian leadership have committed themselves to doing – to undertaking actions and assisting in squeezing," the official said.

"The Secretary, I think, was quite clear that we all need to see visible signs of progress as a matter of some urgency in days and weeks, as she noted, as opposed to months and years," he said.