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17 September 2017, 12:58 | Terri Saunders
The writer is a former ambassador of Pakistan
Posted: Sep. 15, 2017 8:00 am Updated: Sep.
The US will not succeed in Afghanistan without the support and cooperation of Pakistan, which has been a source of "significant challenges" in the war-torn country, President Donald Trump's nominee for the American ambassador to Afghanistan has told lawmakers.
A U.S. drone strike has killed three people in the tribal area of Pakistan near the Afghanistan border.
"The drone fired two missiles on the house used by the Haqqani network in Kurram Agency, a semi-autonomous tribal region bordering Afghanistan, the agency's Senior Administrator, " Baseer Wazir, said. "It's not in anyone's interest for Afghanistan to remain a sink hole of violence and a safe haven for extreme terrorism", he said.
Officials privy to the meeting said the Pakistani side maintained that terrorists were the common enemies of both countries and they should jointly take action against them.
Pakistani leaders rejected the charges as an attempt to "scapegoat" their country for "failures" of USA -led efforts to secure and stabilize Afghanistan. The border crossing was also closed for all types of traffic.
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He has asked Pakistan's Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal to appreciate the Afghan Taliban's announcement.
According to the officials, shortly after the strike residents saw suspected militants transporting slain and wounded persons to an undisclosed location.
U.S. drone attacks inside Pakistan started in 2004.
"This year we have some tremendous achievements", Stanekzai said, including Afghanistan's full membership of the International Cricket Council.
Pakistan considers the drone strike a violation of sovereignty, while the US accuses Pakistan of providing safe havens for militants.
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