Washington: The Pentagon has said that communication lines with Pakistan’s military remain open despite the latest confrontation over Washington’s accusations that Islamabad is behind violent extremists targeting American troops.
Despite serious disagreement, the US military had no intention of cutting off dialogue with Pakistan, press secretary George Little said.
“The lines of communication with our Pakistani counterparts remain open. This is a relationship that’s complicated but essential,” a newspaper quoted Little, as saying.
A US official claimed that America has briefed Pakistan in detail about the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency’s link to the Haqqani network in a recent meeting.
Yesterday, US military Chief Admiral Mullen had alleged the same, following which Pakistan ministers slammed Washington for spreading the wrong message about their country.
Mullen made his views clear to General Kayani last Saturday in a meeting in Spain, his spokesman, Captain John Kirby, said.
“It’s gotten worse. Their activities have become more brazen, more aggressive, more lethal and the information has become more available that these attacks have been supported or even encouraged by the ISI,” he said.
Mullen has not spoken to Kayani since Thursday’s congressional hearing, he said, adding: “We still want to pursue a working, productive partnership with the Pakistani military, and that in large measure depends on their willingness and their ability to disconnect themselves from extremist groups like the Haqqani network.”