Pakistan seeks fair CIA treatment

Pakistan is not willing to reverse a decision to cut the number of US troops.

Islamabad: Pakistan’s blunt denial to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for undertaking joint military operations against potential high-value targets in the country will eventually lead to a far more reciprocal and transparent Islamabad-Washington cooperation, according to Pakistani military sources.

Except for reciprocal and transparent intelligence cooperation between the CIA and the ISI, Pakistan will not accept US’ demand for joint military operations, and that is why US had to recall its military trainers and CIA operatives from Pakistan.

“Washington is expected to take corrective measures accordingly”, The Nation quoted military sources, as saying in response to queries relating to actions the US might take in the backdrop of these developments.

These sources were of the view that Pakistan could not trust the US after its secret unilateral raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad on May 02, which had belittled chances of any joint military operations in future.

They said that Islamabad’s new policy has brought to end the presence of US military in Pakistan, and both the countries are struggling to redefine their strategic cooperation on new lines to serve the mutual interest.

“This may take some time to make it more meaningful cooperation based on mutual respect,” the sources said, forewarning that any US attempt to demean Pakistan’s effective efforts in fighting terrorism might change the situation.

The sources also feared that in such a situation, the US might increase sabotage and subversion activities to destabilise Pakistan, thus pushing Islamabad away from making effective contribution in the war on terror.

Pakistan’s military leadership made it clear to Panetta that they were not willing to reverse a decision to cut the number of US troops allowed in their country.

“He (Panetta) expressed concern over the reduction of trainers and operatives. We told him very clearly ‘no boots on our soil is acceptable’,” the military sources maintained.

“We told him (Panetta) that we are clear. We don’t want their people. Intelligence sharing is fine and we are ready for that,” sources said, making it clear to the US that any action against the militants will be taken by Pakistani forces alone.


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