Islamabad: Amid reports that Bin Laden’s ally Mullah Omar is hiding in Quetta, US ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, has indirectly warned that his country is ‘committed to fighting terrorism’ with or without the help of Pakistan.
“We are committed to fighting this terrorism. Our friends in Pakistan are committed to exactly the same thing. The decision from Pakistan has to be can we do this together, can we work together as we should, as we are both committed to? That’s what I’m saying, I think it can happen,” The Nation quoted Munter, as saying.
He also said that the future of Pakistan-US relations would depend on how Islamabad responds to their queries about the insiders who bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad.
While Pakistan has expressed dissatisfaction over Washington’s move to attack al Qaeda leader without its prior knowledge, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that his country’s took Islamabad’s complains seriously, but “will not apologise for the action that this president took. We do not apologise for the action.”
Meanwhile, reports have emerged that ISI is racing to target Omar before America gets a chance to repeat its ‘mission against bin Laden’.
"There will be a huge military action in Quetta very soon. The decision has been taken to act before the Americans have a chance to repeat their mission against Bin Laden. We will try to take him alive but if he resists he will be killed," a senior ISI official said.
The decision came after it was revealed that US strike teams were planning to target Omar’s hideout based on the data that they found from bin Laden’s computer. Fifty-two-year-old Omar, Bin Laden`s right-hand man, has a 25 million dollars reward on his head.