Pakistan highlights Middle East policy crisis
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbami Khar says the US can’t live without Pakistan. He means that in Afghanistan and the US fight against the Taliban and insurgents, Pakistan is a critical ally.
On the other hand, Admiral Mullen says that Pakistan government and ISI are complicit in deploying insurgents against the US and collaborate with the Taliban.
The world has watched Pakistan, a most untrustworthy lot manipulate the US for money in exchange for keeping dogs on leashes. This is situation has been called a policy of appeasement by Obama critics. It has been going on way before Obama, and even before Bush.
Pakistan may appear to be a sophisticated nation, like Iran, with academically intelligent and competent engineers, but when it comes to government, the nation is, like Iran, not to be trusted.
Like Iran, one must consider with whom Pakistan conducts business. What other nations and alliances are at work here? Who is fueling the fake friend that harbors our enemies?
“Pakistan warns U.S. "can't live without us"
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan lashed out at the U.S. for accusing the country's most powerful intelligence agency of supporting extremist attacks against American targets in Afghanistan — the most serious allegations against Islamabad since the beginning of the Afghan war.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar dismissed the claims as mere allegations. She warned the U.S. that it risked losing Pakistan as an ally and could not afford to alienate the Pakistani government or its people.
"If they are choosing to do so, it will be at their own cost," Khar told Geo TV on Thursday from New York City, where she is attending a U.N. General Assembly meeting. "Anything which is said about an ally, about a partner publicly to recriminate it, to humiliate it is not acceptable."”
“Pakistan backed attacks on American targets, U.S. says
By Karen DeYoung, Published: September 22 | Updated: Friday, September 23, 1:55 AM
The Obama administration for the first time Thursday openly asserted that Pakistan was indirectly responsible for specific attacks against U.S. troops and installations in Afghanistan, calling a leading Afghan insurgent group “a veritable arm” of the Pakistani intelligence service.
Last week’s attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and a Sept. 10 truck bombing that killed five Afghans and wounded 77 NATO troops were “planned and conducted” by the Pakistan-based Haqqani network “with ISI support,” said Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The ISI is the Pakistani military’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency.
“The government of Pakistan and most especially the Pakistani army and ISI” have chosen “to use violent extremism as an instrument of policy” to maintain leverage over Afghanistan’s future, Mullen testified during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta also testified.
Mullen’s statement represented a sharp break with a long-standing administration policy of publicly playing down Pakistan’s official support for Taliban insurgents who operate from havens within its borders. U.S. officials have typically described Pakistan as a troublesome but valuable partner in the struggle against terrorism.”
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