No Sign Pakistan is Combating Insurgency: Sediqqi

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There are no clear signs that Pakistan is honestly trying to combat insurgency on its soil because it is not changing a failing strategy, Afghan Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Tuesday.

Speaking to TOLOnews, Sediqqi said that Pakistan's tactics in fighting the insurgency in its country show no sign of success and so need to be revised; however, it has not done so.

"Pakistan is still holding onto its previous strategy in fighting insurgency which needs a definite change," Sediqqi told TOLOnews.

"There are no clear signs of honesty in Pakistan's fight against insurgency. We have not witnessed any great effort from Pakistan," he added.

He made the statements after Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik said recently that fighting against the country's militants should be in close collaboration with the citizens and in keeping with their demands.

"We should act based on their demands, we should consider the demands of local residents in fight against insurgency. The military cannot be a solution for every problem," Malik said, calling for an immediate termination of the US drone strikes in tribal areas.

The international community and the Afghan government has frequently urged the Pakistan authorities to do more to control the insurgents within its border, particularly the Haqqani Network, Al-Qaeda, and the Taliban.

Afghan military analyst Gen. Amrullah Aman believes that Pakistan is intending to challenge the international community by focusing on the matter of US drone strikes.

"Pakistan tries to deceive the international community in the fight against the insurgency. Pakistan is dealing with insurgents by asking for a termination of drone strikes," he told TOLOnews on Tuesday.

Pakistan-based insurgents have been blamed by US and Nato leaders for terrorist attacks on several high-profile sites in Afghanistan in including embassies and Isaf headquarters.

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