No regrets over Taliban leader’s death: Pak envoy



Denver: Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States said he doesn't regret the missile strike that killed a Taliban leader, but maintained his country's opposition to US attacks inside its border.

Pakistan's military has been intensifying its fight against the Taliban even as the US has continued its use of unmanned drones to fire dozens of missiles against insurgents.

Ambassador Husain Haqqani said last night that his country maintains that action on its side of the border with Afghanistan should be taken with Pakistani participation and that the US should provide the country with its own drones.

An August missile strike killed Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, the latest of several top al Qaeda and Taliban commanders killed in similar attacks.

"We are concerned about the impact that unilateral US strikes can sometimes have the effect on public opinion. That is our official position," Haqqani said.

"But we are not going to express any regret that Mr Mehsud was eliminated as a result of the strike," he said.

He did not directly answer a question over whether Pakistan is quietly cooperating with the US on military strikes as some observers have speculated.

Haqqani was in Denver for a question-and-answer session hosted by the counter-terrorism institute The CELL.

Bureau Report