ISLAMABAD (Reuters) -Any military action the United States against Islamic extremists in Pakistan would be unacceptable and could lead to reprisals, said the head of the powerful Pakistani military intelligence on Thursday, according to local media.
At a meeting of key Pakistani officials devoted to diplomatic tensions between Islamabad and Washington, Ahmed Shuja Pasha has warned that Pakistan would not allow the situation to reach a “point of no return.”
According to the Express News television channel, the Director General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) held that “an American attack against Pakistan in the name of (fighting against) extremism is not acceptable.”
The U.S. military bombed regularly supposed Islamic extremist hideouts in Pakistani territory using unmanned aerial vehicles.
Reflecting a widespread view in Washington, Admiral Mike Mullen, who will soon leave the direction of the U.S. military, recently accused the ISI of collusion with the Haqqani network, designated as responsible for the attack against the United States Embassy in Kabul on September 13.
Relations between the United States and Pakistan are highly strained after the death of Osama bin Laden, killed in May by U.S. commandos into Pakistani territory. This intervention was seen in Islamabad as a violation of sovereignty while in Washington, U.S. officials have expressed doubts about the reliability of the Pakistani authorities in the fight against Islamic extremists.
A new American intervention in North Waziristan against the leaders of the Haqqani network is seen as an additional humiliation by the military of Pakistan.
Thursday, Pakistani Prime Minister requested the U.S. to stop to question his country.
“The game of small charges must stop and the national interests of Pakistan must be respected,” said Yusuf Raza Gilani in a speech broadcast on television and announced in the presence of the boss of the ISI and the Chief of Staff the army, Ashfaq Kayani, considered as the real strongman of the country.
“Pakistan can not be urged to ‘do more’,” he said, while expressing open to discussions with the United States.
Pakistan judge have made more sacrifices than any other country in the fight against Islamic extremism, with the loss of about 10,000 military and security forces.