US must seal Afghan border for Waziristan push: Pakistani official

Official accuses Americans of failing to seal the border when operations were planned twice before.

Afp August 11, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has told Washington that US forces must seal the Afghan border in the event of any offensive against the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network in North Waziristan, an official said Saturday.

The Haqqanis, blamed for some of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan and whose leaders are understood to be based in the Pakistani tribal district, is one of the thorniest issues between Islamabad and Washington.

"The Americans have been repeatedly told that they will have to seal off the border on the Afghan side whenever an operation is launched in North Waziristan," a senior Pakistani security official told AFP.

Without protecting the porous, mountainous border, militants would simply escape into Afghanistan, where Pakistan has no writ, the official explained.

He claimed that Americans have "never been encouraging on this point" and accused them of failing to seal the border when operations were planned twice before in North Waziristan.

On August 3, The Wall Street Journal reported that Pakistani and US officials were considering joint counter-terrorism campaigns in Afghanistan and Pakistan against the Haqqanis and Taliban fighters who attack Pakistan.

The paper said the campaigns would mark an upturn in cooperation after more than a year of rancorous relations and stamp out major threats facing each country.

Pakistani officials later denied any agreement with the United States for a joint operation in North Waziristan, and said "routine" actions on each side of the border "should not be mistaken for 'joint operations'".

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Aftab Kenneth Wilson | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Borders should be sealed just as they are sealed with India and other neighbors. Why Afghanistan should be an exceptional case? If we talk about relationships across the border then there are many with Iran and India. Our country is suffering only due to the open ended borders with Afghanistan in the name of religion and relationships. Why should we feel unsafe due to these reasons. Let Afghans decide within their own borders what they feel better for their country while we should mind our own business which is going out of control at all levels both governance and institutions.

sial | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

@Enlightened: we have to live with them you can run away but we cant they are our neighbours.these people not only have religeos but also r the relatives of almost 30% of pakistan.these people r in war for the last sixty years and have defeated three super powers in this prosses.leave the enemosity a side and think of solving the problem.you have miss calculated them.if any body who can solve them is pakistan but the prolem is they are not allowing americans to build their military camps there. Now suggess some solutions .we r listenning

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