Washington: Taking a strong exception to
the arrest of those people who helped the US in the killing of Osama bin Laden, a Republican presidential aspirant has said
that a large element in the Pakistan`s spy agency ISI have
become pro-Taliban and pro-Al-Qaeda.
As such there is need to rethink the entire American
strategy with respect to Pakistan, Newt Gingrich, the former
Speaker of the US House of Representatives, told the Fox News
channel in an interview.
Gingrich is seeking Republican ticket for the 2012 presidential elections.
"Well, it says to me we better rethink everything about our strategy in the region and we better rethink our
intelligence community. We`ve given Pakistan USD 20 billion
since 9/11. It`s very clear that large parts of Pakistani
establishment are deeply anti-American," he said.
"We should be angry that they were in fact hiding bin
Laden. Instead of saying, boy this really great, they`re now
saying, how can you embarrass us by killing him on our
territory when apparently, they were protecting him," he said.
"He wasn`t hiding in a cave in Wazir-land. He was in fact in a military city within a mile of their national
defense university in a large compound. And when Pakistani
reaction is to punish the people who are helping America, I
think we better rethink our entire relationship," he said.
Responding to questions on arrest of CIA informants by
Pakistani authorities, Gingrich said one first has to rethink
all the ground rules under which US intelligence operates.
"You`ve got to recognize we we`ve been relying on intelligence units like the Pakistanis who now turn out to
have a very large element which is pro-Taliban and pro-al-Qaeda. I think the Congress had better revisit all the
ground rules for effective American intelligence," he said.
"I`ve think you`ve got to go nose to nose with them
and hold them accountable. I don`t think you can allow people
to arrest your friends and to arrest people who tried to help
you and do nothing about it. Why would anybody else in the
world help us if we`re going to be that helpless?" he asked.