Washington: Rejecting Pakistan Prime
Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's criticism of the unilateral
action that killed Osama bin Laden, the US on Monday asserted that
it would not apologise to the Pakistan Government for the
At the same time, the Obama Administration maintained
that it expects the Pakistan Government to continue to
cooperate with the US in the 'war against terror'.
"We do not apologise for the action," White House
Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters at his daily news
Carney was asked about the allegations by Gilani that
the United States has violated Pakistan's sovereignty last
week when its helicopters and special operation forces carried
out a covert operation some 60 kilometers of Islamabad that
kill Osama bin Laden.
"This relationship is too important to walk away
from," Carney said when asked about the strain in the
relationship between the two countries.
"The relationship is important and complicated. It has
been cooperative in the past and we hope that it will continue
to do so," he said.
Carney said that Obama Administration is in
consultations with the Government of Pakistan at various
levels on a host of issues including access to the three wives
of Osama bin Laden, detained by Pakistani authorities from the
Abbottabad hideout, and materials seized from there by the
Acknowledging that there are differences between the
two countries on a host of issues, the White House spokesman
hoped that Pakistan would carry out a complete investigation
as to how bin Laden was successful in staying in Abbottabad
for so long.
The United States hopes that they will carry on the
investigation as this is in the interest of both countries.
"The United States and Pakistan have an important,
complicated relationship, as we've said. The cooperation that
we've had with Pakistan has been important for years now in
our fight against terrorism and terrorists. And more
terrorists have been killed on Pakistani soil because of that
cooperation than anywhere else in the world, and that's
important to note," Carney said.
We have made clear that given the threat that Osama
bin Laden represented, rather to the United States, given that
he was the most wanted man in the world, a mass murderer, a
terrorist who continued to plot against the United States and
our allies, that the president would use whatever means
necessary to ensure that we could eliminate him. And he did
that," Carney said.
"It's important to remember, too, the mission he
undertook, the risky decision he made to deploy the commando
raid option also ensure the minimal amount of collateral
damage, the minimal amount of civilian casualties, which I
think is an important point to note, because as we have
throughout in the overall Afghanistan-Pakistan effort, sought
to reduce civilian casualties and collateral damage.
"This was very much an important aspect of the
President's decision," he said.
First Published: Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 00:17