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Pakistani officials deny any role in the attacks, as well as in Rabbani’s assassination.

The Haqqani Network, led by Jalaluddin Haqqani and his son Sirajuddin, operates from safe havens in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border.

Pakistani analysts say the media in Pakistan has fueled tensions with the U.S.

“When you put on the TV, it seems we’re about to go to war,” said Ayesha Siddiqa, an Islamabad-based political analyst and columnist.

The war of words between Washington and Islamabad has strengthened the hands of the hard-liners in Pakistan.

“The rhetoric from the U.S. has ignited similar rhetoric on the Pakistani side and this has weakened the hands of anyone who wants to talk peace with the U.S.,” Ms. Siddiqa said.

Last week, Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper published a photograph of President Ronald Reagan with a bearded White House guest who the paper erroneously identified as Jalaluddin Haqqani, the Haqqani Network leader. The photograph accompanied an article with the headline: “U.S. will suffer if it tries to attack Waziristan, says Haqqani.”

The man in the photograph was in fact Mohammad Younis Khalis, a senior Afghan mujahedeen commander. Khalis died in 2006.

Pakistan’s ambassador in Washington, Husain Haqqani, himself a former journalist, highlighted the error in a post on his Twitter feed.

Kamran Shafi, a columnist for Express Tribune in Pakistan, describes the media coverage in Pakistan as “a lot of saber rattling.”

“Our media are the deep state’s hand maidens and tend to be even more loyal than the king,” he said.

A Pakistani official in Islamabad, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, described the media coverage as worrisome.

“We would like to see things resolved between our two countries. The U.S. needs Pakistan and Pakistan needs the U.S.,” he said in a phone interview.

Despite escalating pressure from the U.S., few believe Pakistan will sever links to the Haqqanis.

Mr. Shafi said there is lot of soul-searching in Pakistan about its relationship with terrorists, but at the end of the day these ties are likely to remain intact. The ISI and Pakistan’s military see these groups as proxies that safeguard their interests in the region.

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