London: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf
Raza Gilani said on Thursday that any repeat of an Abbottabad-like
operation would be "totally unacceptable" to his country and
warned it would further aggravate public opinion against the
But, contradicting public claims by US officials who
have said a repeat cannot be ruled out, Gilani said here that
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had assured him
personally that there will be no more unilateral raids.
Gilani`s remarks came in an interview to the Guardian
newspaper at a time when relations between Pakistan and the US
are at a low following a series of disagreements in the wake
of Osama bin Laden`s killing in a covert US military operation
in Abbottabad on May 2.
Gilani`s contention of assurances contradict
assertions by top American officials, including President
Barack Obama and Clinton, that US forces would not shy from a
repeat action against other al-Qaeda leaders if necessary.
Gilani said today that any repeat of the Abbottabad
raid would be "totally unacceptable".
"Public opinion would further aggravate against the
United States and you cannot fight a war without the support
of the masses. You need the masses to support military actions
against militants," he was quoted as saying by the paper.
He said another raid would damage "not only our
relationship, but also our common objective, to fight against
militants. We are fighting a war and if we fail that means
that it`s not good for the world. We can`t afford losing".