Thursday, December 4, 2008

Pakistan to US: Get Off Our Case!

Pakistan has told the US that it owns no direct or indirect responsibility for the terrorist attack on Mumbai.

ISLAMABAD, Dec 3: Pakistan has told the Unites States that it is not involved in the Mumbai carnage, directly or indirectly, and that any aggression from the Indian side will compel it to move its forces fighting militants in the tribal areas to the Indian border.

Pakistan’s position was conveyed by President Asif Ali Zardari during a meeting with US Joint Chief of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen here on Wednesday.

Admiral Mullen also met army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman Gen Tariq Majeed, National Security Adviser Mahmud Durrani and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lt-Gen Shuja Pasha.According to sources, the commanders made it clear that the ‘war on terror’ would not be Pakistan’s top priority if there was any unusual military build-up by India along the borders. National integrity would not be compromised at any cost, they said.

About the list of people sought by India, the president said: They would be tried in Pakistan if evidence against them was provided.

Admiral Mullen was told that US air attacks in tribal areas would have adverse effects on the war on terror because militants were gaining sympathy because of the attacks. “Such attacks will be counter-productive to collective efforts against terrorism in the region.”

Read it all here.

In reality, the government of Pakistan is powerless to stop the buildup of military-trained jihadists within its borders. It has compromised too often with Islamic radicals, made too many concessions, and shown itself to be a straw man.

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