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US to proceed carefully if Pak takes no action on Haqqanis

By Lalit K Jha
September 28, 2011 01:27 IST
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If Pakistan decides not to take action against the Haqqani network, the United States would carefully consider how to proceed ahead, a top US official said on Tuesday.

"Obviously if the Pakistani government chooses not to take action, we would have to carefully consider how to proceed," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters when referred to the statements from the Pakistani leadership that they will not take action against the Haqqani network as demanded by the US.

At the same time, the State Department official said it is in the strong interest of both the US and Pakistan that they tackle this problem together.

"We believe that we can strengthen our cooperation together, that we can work together and tackle this threat. We wouldn't be making this strong case if we didn't think that we could, should and must do more together," she noted.

"This counterterrorism relationship is based on our shared interest in defeating terror in that part of the world -- terror that has killed more Pakistanis than anybody else.

That is the case that we make and that you can't differentiate one terrorist versus another terrorist. They're all a threat to the region. They're all a threat to all of us. It's on that basis that we will continue to try to work on this," she said.

Nuland reiterated that the US has serious concerns about the Haqqani network.

"We have to work on it together with the Pakistani government, and we are seeking collaboration, cooperation from all branches of the Pakistani government as we do that," she added.

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Lalit K Jha in Washington
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