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Pakistan to talk counterterrorism with US, Afghans

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WASHINGTON — Pakistan's foreign minister tells The Associated Press that Pakistan will soon hold confidential talks with the U.S. and Afghanistan to combine counterterrorism strategies.

But Hina Rabbani Khar wouldn't say Thursday whether Pakistan would take any action against the Haqqani (hah-KAH'-nee) network, which the U.S. considers the most dangerous threat to Afghan stability.

Khar said the three countries would seek to determine which militant groups should be included in Afghan peace talks.

The Pakistan-based Haqqani network has been a major point of contention.

The U.S. formally designated it a terrorist group this week and has long sought a crackdown from Islamabad.

Khar said Pakistan would go after militants determined by all to be a threat. But she refused to say whether Pakistan felt this way about the Haqqanis.