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Pakistani president vows operations against militants

But US official doubts he has power to do so

By Chris Brummitt
Associated Press / November 10, 2011

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Pakistan’s president promised to work with the United States to “eradicate’’ the militant Haqqani network, a pledge made during a meeting with visiting American congressmen, according to one of the lawmakers. But the head of the Homeland Security delegation, Michael McCaul, downplayed the significance of the remarks, saying it was unclear whether President Asif Ali Zardari had the power to make good on his pledge, given the influence of the military in Pakistan.

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