Saturday, September 24, 2011

First denial, now threats from Pakistan

They are not a friend in any sense, yet we still want to believe that they can be trusted and can be worked alongside to defeat jihadists.  The facts speak otherwise, and now that the Haqqani jihad network has been linked with Pakistan's ISI intelligence service there is no place to hide and nothing to say in defense, so the game now is to act indignant and threaten us.  When you have played all your cards there is no more room for bluffing.  Pakistan has been found out, it is now up to this administration  to sever all ties and start seeing Pakistan as what they really are; an enemy as dangerous as Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Iran and Hamas.

The Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Hina Rabbani Khar has taken the stick and drawn the line in the sand, warning us to stay on our side.  Well Khar, lets see just how that works out for you, shall we?

From September 24

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s foreign minister on Saturday warned the United States against sending ground troops to her country to fight an Afghan militant group that America alleges is used as a proxy by Pakistan’s top intelligence agency for attacks in neighboring Afghanistan.

The warning came as a top US military commander was in Pakistan for talks with the army chief at a time of intense strain between the two countries. The US Embassy said Gen. James Mattis, head of US Central Command, arrived in Pakistan late Friday, and that he will meet the army chief, Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

Ties between Islamabad and Washington are in crisis after American officials stepped up accusations that Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence was aiding insurgents in neighboring Afghanistan, including those who took part in an attack on the US Embassy last week in Kabul.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said in an interview Saturday that there are red lines and rules of engagement with America, which should not be broken.

”It opens all kinds of doors and all kinds of options,” she told Pakistan’s private Aaj News TV from New York. The comment was in response to a question about the possibility of US troops coming to Pakistan.

Khar, however, insisted that Pakistan’s policy was to seek a more intensive engagement with the US and that she would like to discourage any blame game.

If many of your goals are not achieved, you do not make someone a scapegoat,” she said, addressing the US.

Unless there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

The US allegations have seen a strong reaction from Pakistan.

Kayani, the Pakistani army chief, said on Friday that the charges were baseless and part of a public ”blame game” detrimental to peace in Afghanistan. Other Islamabad officials urged Washington to present evidence for such a serious allegation. Khar warned the United States is risking losing an ally in the war on terror.

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