Https, May 22 -- A quarterly report by the US Department of Defense to Congress says Pakistan continues to support the Taliban.

"Pakistan continues to harbor the Taliban and associated militant groups in Pakistan, such as the Haqqani Network, which maintains the ability to conduct attacks against Afghan interests," a quarterly report by Pentagon says.

The report that was released on May 19 covers the period from January to March of Operation Freedom's Sentinel, the US military mission in Afghanistan.

"Pakistan likely views increased Taliban influence in Afghanistan as supporting its overall objectives and will seek to influence intra-Afghan peace talks in a direction favorable to Pakistan," the report said.

The report is significant a...