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LAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that the Haqqani network were created and trained by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Speaking to the media in Islamabad, Malik rejected US claims of the Haqqani network operating from Pakistan soil.

He maintained that the Haqqanis have no links with Pakistan and are operating from Afghanistan.

Malik’s statements run contrary to claims by the Haqqani’s, who recently warned Washington against any military adventure in the North Waziristan tribal agency.

Sirajuddin Haqqani said he’d look forward to a US ground attack in North Waziristan. “The United States will suffer more losses [in North Waziristan] than they did in Afghanistan,” he said.

As reported earlier, the top US military officer Admiral Mike Mullen had called the Haqqani network a “veritable arm” of Pakistan’s intelligence service and accused Pakistan of “exporting” violent extremism to Afghanistan.

“With ISI support, Haqqani operatives planned and conducted (September 11) truck bomb attack, as well as the assault on our embassy,” Mullen said.

The Interior Minister said no compromise will be made on Pakistan’s sovereignty as Pakistan suffered a loss of $68 billion in the fight against terrorism.

Malik also said that no one will be allowed to enter Pakistan without immigration clearance.


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