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Sunday, September 25, 2011

US and Pakistan on a Collison Course?


Obama administration officials said on Friday that the US wants to continue working with Pakistan, even as they expanded on assertions that ISI supported and encouraged attacks by Haqqani network on the US Embassy in Afghanistan last week.

A military official said Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen decided to lay out accusations against Pakistan’s ISI after information about the linkage became more available in recent weeks.

Reacting to Admiral Mullen’s accusation, Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has not only rejected his allegations of using the Haqqani network for waging a proxy war in Afghanistan but also pointed out that several countries were engaged with the militant group.


Pakistani Fears of US Violation of their Sovereignty

A rejoinder issued by the ISPR on Friday quoted Gen Kayani as having said that Admiral Mullen’s statement was “very unfortunate and not based on facts.”

Asserting that certain rules of engagement should never be broken, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Saturday cautioned the United States against sending ground troops to Pakistan on the pretext of carrying out hot pursuit of members of Haqqani network.

Asserting that certain rules of engagement should never be broken, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Saturday cautioned the United States against sending ground troops to Pakistan on the pretext of carrying out hot pursuit of members of Haqqani network.

In an interview to a Pakistani television channel, she stressed that there were certain “red lines” which the US should never cross.

Pointing out repeatedly that she did not “carry out diplomacy publicly”, Ms Khar said: “We know what the basis (is) for these outfits coming to Pakistan more than two decades ago. That is the historical baggage we share.”

Referring to the blunt statements made by the US recently, she said: “It opens all kinds of doors and all kinds of options. I will continue to say I will not carry out my diplomacy in the media."

The minister insisted that Pakistan sought a more intensive engagement with the US and that she would like to discourage any blame game. “If many of your (US) goals are not achieved, you do not make someone a scapegoat.”


Source:  Pakistan Dawn

1 comment:

George Patsourakos said...

I've said it many times before, and I'll say it again: The United States cannot trust Pakistan with classified or strategic military information.

Pakistan is involved with much too much terrorism against the United States to be trusted. One U.S. Congressman today said on a Fox TV news discussion program that the U.S. will have to go to war against Pakistan if it continues to kill American troops in Afghanistan.

The fact that Osama bin Laden was hiding in Karachi, Pakistan -- just a stone's throw away from Pakistan's national government headquarters -- for several years should serve as a serious clue of Pakistan's true intentions. When will we ever learn?