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Haqqanis are not spared in operations, says Pak officials

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ISLAMABAD: The military operations in the tribal areas are targeting all militant groups, including the Haqqani Network, in response to a US State Department report which suggested that certain terrorist were spared by the offensives, a security official said on Sunday.

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The official said that It is not true that we have spared the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network. We have stated time and again that our operation is against all groups without any discrimination, who requested not to be named in the report.

“Al Qaeda’s presence in the South Asia region continued to face pressure from international, Afghan and Pakistani forces, and ongoing offensive of Pakistan in North Waziristan Agency has further degraded the freedom of the group to operate,” the report stated.

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It said that military of Pakistan conducted ‘significant counter-terrorism operations’ in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency, while the law enforcement and security agencies of the country carried out raids in the provinces of the country. It is also said that Security forces intercepted large stockpiles of weapons and explosives, and discovered bomb-making facilities and sophisticated telecommunication networks.

The report pointed out that some groups continued to find space to plan and launch attacks into Afghanistan and against minorities in Pakistan.

It also said that while operations carried out military and security forces of Pakistan disrupted the actions of many militant costumes in the country, groups like the Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani Network and Lashkar-e-Taiba were spared by the offensive.

The Foreign Office said that Pakistan would give its formal reaction once the report had been analyzed in detail. However, the overall report was ‘positive’ as the US clearly acknowledged the achievements of Pakistan in the war on terror, a senior government official said.

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