Haqqani, Taliban leaders enjoy freedom in Pakistan claims U.S. commander

| Updated: Feb 10, 2017 23:28 IST

Kabul [Afghanistan], Feb 10 (ANI): The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan General John Nicholson has informed the Senate Armed Services Committee that freedom of action is being enjoyed by Taliban and Haqqani network leaders in Pakistan. "The Taliban and Haqqani network are the greatest threats to security in Afghanistan. Their senior leaders remain insulated from pressure and enjoy freedom of action within Pakistan safe havens," the Khaama Press quoted General Nicholson, as saying. He said they have no incentive to reconcile as long as they enjoy external enablement. General Nicholson said the elimination of external sanctuary and support to the insurgents will enable the success of security forces in the region. The U.S. Commander also alleged that Russia has openly extending legitimacy to the Taliban to undermine NATO efforts in Afghanistan. "Similarly, neighboring Iran is providing support to the Taliban while also engaging the Afghan government over issues of water rights, trade, and security," he said. (ANI)