WASHINGTON - Pakistani Army’s ongoing operation in North Waziristan has disrupted the Haqqani network’s ability to launch attacks on Afghan territory, a top US commander has said.

“They are fractured like Taliban. That’s based pretty much on the Pak operations in North Waziristan, which have very much disrupted their efforts and made them less effective in terms of their ability to launch an attack in Kabul,” Lt-Gen Joseph Anderson, Joint Commander of International Security Assistance Force, said in a Pentagon-hosted video briefing from Afghanistan on Wednesday.

“The Haqqani network is one of the many threat streams that continue to affect us in Afghanistan. It focuses more on the high-profile attack like the large vehicle-borne explosives,” he said.

The US commander’s remarks came a day after the Pentagon accused Pakistan of using militants as its proxies to further its plans in the region, especially with regard to India and militarily-fragile Afghanistan. Pakistan strongly protested against the report.

In the briefing, the US general also referred to success of the Afghan national security forces against the Haqqani network, which he described as one of the many threat streams affecting security in Afghanistan. Anderson revealed that 4,634 members of Afghanistan’s police and army have been killed in action this year. That is already an increase from the total for 2013 when 4,350 members lost their lives. “This (level of casualties) is not sustainable,” he said.

APP adds: A top American general in command of international forces in Afghanistan said Pakistan’s ongoing military operation in North Waziristan has helped disrupt the Haqqani network’s ability to launch attacks on Afghan territory.

Lt-Gen Joseph Anderson, a senior commander for US and Nato forces in Afghanistan, noted in a Pentagon-hosted video briefing from Afghanistan that the Haqqani network is now “fractured” like Taliban.

The US commander's remarks came in response to a question, when he was asked about the level of Haqqani network threat in the wake of Pakistani operation in the previously militant stronghold tribal area of North Waziristan.

Since its launch in June this year, the Pakistani offensive has eliminated a large number of terrorists.

A Pentagon report submitted to the US Congress titled ‘Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan’ had earlier accused Pakistan of using militants who launch attacks on India and Afghanistan from sanctuaries in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and Balochistan. “Taliban attacks in Afghanistan launched from sanctuaries in Pakistan remain a serious problem. These sanctuaries exist primarily in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan,” the report said.

The report which runs more than 100 pages also said Pakistan is involved in a proxy war waged against India to offset the latter’s military superiority. It also acknowledged gains made by the military in the Fata operations. “Afghan- and Indian-focused militants continue to operate from Pakistan territory to the detriment of Afghan and regional stability. Pakistan uses these proxy forces to hedge against the loss of influence in Afghanistan and to counter India’s superior military,” it said.

Referring to a recent attack on the Indian consulate in Afghanistan’s Herat province which took place three days before India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi took oath, the report held militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) responsible for the attack. Then Afghan President Hamid Karzai had also said that he was informed by western intelligence agencies that the attack was carried out by the LeT.