Pak envoy criticises US travel alert

The recent US travel alert following reports of Mumbai-style attacks in Europe could be politically-motivated.

Last Updated: Oct 08, 2010, 18:28 PM IST

London: The recent US travel alert following
reports of Mumbai-style attacks in Europe could be
politically-motivated, Pakistan`s top diplomat in Britain
feels, and believes it might be an attempt to justify the
escalation of US drone strikes in his country.

The non-specific US warning, which despite its vagueness
led Britain, France and other countries to raise their
overseas terror alert levels, was an attempt to justify a
recent escalation in US drone and helicopter attacks inside
Pakistan that have "set the country on fire", Wajid Shamsul
Hasan, Pakistan`s High Commissioners to Britain, was quoted as
saying by Guardian newspaper.

Hasan also said that the alert could have been issued
with one eye on next month`s congressional elections, when
Barack Obama`s record in Afghanistan will be under scrutiny,
Guardian newspaper reported.

"There may be internal political dynamics, including the
forthcoming midterm American elections," Hasan said.

"If the Americans have definite information about
terrorists and al Qaeda people, we should be provided with
that and we could go after them ourselves," he added.

"Such reports are a mixture of frustrations, ineptitude
and lack of appreciation of ground realities. Any attempt to
infringe the sovereignty of Pakistan would not bring about
stability in Afghanistan, which is presumably the primary
objective of the American and Nato forces."

US authorities last week issued the travel alert
following intelligence reports that Pakistan-based terror
outfits are planning Mumbai-type attacks in European cities.

PTI