Islamabad (February 27, 2018): The release issued by the US embassy on Tuesday over the secret visit of deputy assistance of US National Security Lisa Curtis said that the US has demanded more strict action against Haqqani Network.
A senior United States National Security Council official has been quietly visiting the federal capital amid reports that both sides are giving ‘behind-the-scenes’ efforts aimed at fixing the strains in ties more chances to avoid a complete breakdown of the increasingly dysfunctional relationship.
“FS (Ms Tehmina Janjua) meets Ms Lisa Curtis, the Senior Director for South and Central Asia at the NSC of US, at Mofa (ministry of foreign affairs) this morning,” US embassy said adding that during the two days visit she met with chief of General Staff General Bilal Akbar, Interior minister Ahsan Iqbal and secretary Tehmina Janujua.The release said that Curtis clearly told the civil and military leadership that US wanted to move forward with Pakistan in new directions, however Pakistan should take further stiff action against Haqqani network and other terrorists groups that were posing threat for the international peace.
She also praised Pakistan’s sacrifices in war against terrorism and apprise the Pakistani leadership that the new US policy regarding South Asia will assist to Afghan migrants return and defeat in IS.
He also apprised that US and the international community have the concern over the lack of implementation of money laundering laws in Pakistan.
The secret dialogue between the two countries had commenced soon after the US suspended military assistance following President Donald Trump’s New Year tweet accusing Pakistan of lies and deceit. The dialogue that began between Pentagon and GHQ is believed to be continuing at the same level and between the same principals — Centcom Commander Gen Joseph Votel and Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa.