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Pakistan Govt Opposes Direct US Action

From a joyous Reuters:

Pakistan new govt. opposed to U.S. action on its soil

By Zeeshan Haider Fri May 9

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s new government is trying to convince the United States that unilateral strikes against al Qaeda militants on its territory could be “counter-productive,” the country’s foreign minister said on Friday…

U.S. forces have used drones to fire missiles at militants on the Pakistani side of the border several times in recent years.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan would continue its support for the international campaign against the militants, but could not condone actions by foreign forces on its soil.

Direct intervention, hot pursuit; we are not supportive of it yesterday, we are not supportive of it today,” he told the Senate, parliament’s upper house, while outlining the foreign policy of the new coalition which assumed office last month…

Qureshi said only Pakistani security forces were authorized to take action against militants on its territory…

Several militants linked to al Qaeda and Taliban were killed in missiles fired by U.S. drones, most recently in March in the South Waziristan tribal region in which at least nine militants died.

On January 28, one of Osama bin Laden’s top lieutenants, Abu Laith al-Libi, was killed in a strike in neighboring North Waziristan.

Since becoming a key U.S. ally following the September 11 attacks on the United States in 2001, Pakistani policy has been single-handedly spearheaded by President Pervez Musharraf.

But Musharraf has become considerably weakened since he quit the powerful post of army chief in November.

He has also become increasingly isolated after his opponents dealt a humiliating defeat on his allies in a general election in February and formed a coalition.

Qureshi, a former aide to assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, said the government will also use other means such as dialogue and economic development of the remote border areas to win public support and isolate hard-core militants.

“We don’t want and will not talk to terrorists. But those who want to stay peaceful, who want political engagement…we will move to them and extend hand of friendship to them.” …

(Photo: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi (L) wave to supporters during a rally of supporters in their home town of Multan May 3, 2008.)

Isn’t irony ironic?

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan would continue its support for the international campaign against the militants, but could not condone actions by foreign forces on its soil.

Someone should tell Mr. Qureshi about these group that calls itself “the Taliban” and “Al Qaeda.”

But Musharraf has become considerably weakened since he quit the powerful post of army chief in November…

Which is exactly why this was demanded by our enemies.

Still, one hopes that the Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) are happy with their work.

This of course puts the kibosh on the very elaborate plans that the US and Pakistan had for their own “surge.”

But the Democrats and their lickspittle minions in the media can’t have that.

We might win.

Mind you, these are the same master strategists who demand to know what we haven’t yet captured Bin Laden.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 9th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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