US rejects Pak warnings on unilateral actions

US has said that it will go after al Qaeda leadership anywhere in the world if it had actionable intelligence on high value targets.

Last Updated: May 20, 2011, 22:35 PM IST

Washington: Rejecting Pakistan`s warnings
that it would not allow more Abbottabad-like operations in its
territory, the US has said that it will go after al Qaeda
leadership anywhere in the world if it had actionable
intelligence on high value targets.

"We have made it clear to people around the world that
if we locate someone who has been part of the al-Qaeda
leadership, then you get him or we will get him," Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton has said.

There is no change in the policy of the Obama
administration to act unilaterally in the case of actionable
intelligence for high value targets, she said, the CBS News
reported.

"It should be sufficient to say that the US has made
it clear from the very moment we were attacked ? and I
remember it excruciatingly well because of my service as a
senator in New York that we would go after those who had
attacked us," she said, adding Osama bin Laden was America`s
our primary target and US President Barack Obama made a gutsy
decision.

Clinton`s statement gains significance as a day
earlier, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said he
has been promised by the US that there will be no more
unilateral action in Pakistan.

"If there is any information about a high-value
target, that information needs to be shared and there will be
a joint operation," Gilani had said in Beijing.

Meanwhile, Clinton said her proposed visit to Pakistan
depends on progress of on-going talks with Islamabad and
response to the questions raised after the killing of bin
Laden in Abbottabad early this month.

"Well, we`ll see how the conversations go," Clinton
told CBS, when asked when she is going to Pakistan.

Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee, following his trip to Pakistan over the
weekend wherein he had talks with the top Pak leadership had
said that Clinton would soon travel to the country for
substantial dialogue.

The Special US Representative for Afghanistan and
Pakistan, Mark Grossman, is currently travelling to Pakistan
to hold talks with the Pakistani leadership and seeking
answers from them on the questions raised and concerns post
bin Laden.

"Marc Grossman, my special representative to
Afghanistan and Pakistan, is there now, following up on some
of the areas of concern," Clinton said.

PTI