Pakistan conservatives suspicious of US agenda
Richard Holbrooke, the US special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, praised Pakistan’s military for progress in fighting the Taliban.
In his latest visit to Pakistan, he also met some of the leaders of conservative groups who often blame the US for the violence in the region.
Anita McNaught reports on the attempt at dialogue amid long-standing suspicions.
The United States says securing Pakistan’s western border is key to restoring stability in Afghanistan.
The predominantly tribal region is home to many anti-government armed groups and is the staging site for attacks inside Afghanistan.
But as Al Jazeera’s Kamal Hyder reports from Islamabad, the Pakistani government has little control over the region and defence experts say the situation could get even worse.