Saturday, 24 September 2011

It’s not Pakistan's job to protect Nato forces

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, vehemently denying US allegations, said Islamabad strongly rejects accusations of complicity with the Haqqani network or of a proxy war.
“The blame game is self-defeating as it will only benefit the enemies of peace. Only terrorists and militants will gain from any fissures and divisions. Pakistan’s credentials and sacrifices in the counter-terrorism campaign are impeccable and unquestionable,” the prime minister said in a policy statement made at a gathering of ambassadors, diplomats and donors on the occasion of a briefing on the flood situation in Pakistan here on Saturday.
He said the allegations portray a confusion and policy disarray within the US establishment on the way forward in Afghanistan. Clearly, there is concern over the deterioration of the security situation in Afghanistan, he said.
Gilani said the recent attacks in Kabul, including on the US Embassy, were disquieting and “we condemn these attacks”.
“I was in Kabul recently to convey our condolences and express solidarity with the people and leadership of Afghanistan on the tragic assassination of Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani,” he added.
The prime minister said Pakistan cannot be held responsible for the security of Nato/Isaf forces in Afghanistan.

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