Pakistan PM: US in ‘Disarray’ in Afghanistan

Posted September 25th, 2011 at 3:27 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan's prime minister says U.S. allegations Pakistan is helping Afghan insurgents are indicative of the “confusion and policy disarray” within the U.S. establishment on the way forward in Afghanistan.

Yousuf Raza Gilani said late Saturday Washington's recent “propaganda blitz” against Pakistan was “most unfortunate,” ignoring the achievements and sacrifices of the Pakistani people.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's army chief has called for a special meeting of his senior commanders Sunday to discuss the security situation. General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, widely considered the most powerful man in Pakistan, has dismissed Washington's accusations as “baseless.”

The U.S. and Pakistan are key allies in the war against militants in Afghanistan. But, Pakistan warned the U.S. last week that it risked losing an ally after Washington accused Islamabad of supporting al-Qaida-linked militants who attack U.S. targets in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Admiral Mike Mullen, told a Senate hearing Thursday the Haqqani network, acting with support from Pakistan's intelligence agency, or ISI, planned and conducted the recent assault on the U.S. embassy in Kabul. He said the Haqqani network is also responsible for the September 10 car bombing of a NATO base in central Afghanistan.

On Friday, the White House urged Islamabad to take immediate action against the Haqqanis to ensure it is no longer a threat to the American or Pakistani people.

Pakistan PM: US in ‘Disarray’ in Afghanistan

Posted September 25th, 2011 at 3:27 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan's prime minister says U.S. allegations Pakistan is helping Afghan insurgents are indicative of the “confusion and policy disarray” within the U.S. establishment on the way forward in Afghanistan.

Yousuf Raza Gilani said late Saturday Washington's recent “propaganda blitz” against Pakistan was “most unfortunate,” ignoring the achievements and sacrifices of the Pakistani people.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's army chief has called for a special meeting of his senior commanders Sunday to discuss the security situation. General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, widely considered the most powerful man in Pakistan, has dismissed Washington's accusations as “baseless.”

The U.S. and Pakistan are key allies in the war against militants in Afghanistan. But, Pakistan warned the U.S. last week that it risked losing an ally after Washington accused Islamabad of supporting al-Qaida-linked militants who attack U.S. targets in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Admiral Mike Mullen, told a Senate hearing Thursday the Haqqani network, acting with support from Pakistan's intelligence agency, or ISI, planned and conducted the recent assault on the U.S. embassy in Kabul. He said the Haqqani network is also responsible for the September 10 car bombing of a NATO base in central Afghanistan.

On Friday, the White House urged Islamabad to take immediate action against the Haqqanis to ensure it is no longer a threat to the American or Pakistani people.