Wikileaks: Military top brass welcomed US troops in Pakistan

Published: May 20, 2011

Cable says Anne Patterson called these deployments are “highly politically sensitive” due to issues of sovereignty.

A 2009 cable released by Wikileaks confirms that the Pakistani army for the second time approved deployment of US special operation elements to support Pakistani military operations.

In a comment written to Washington, former US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson stated that these deployments are “highly politically sensitive” because of widely-held concerns among the public about Pakistani sovereignty and opposition to allowing foreign military forces to operate in any fashion on Pakistani soil.

The cable sent to Washington by Patterson states that the first deployment, with elements embedded with the Frontier Corps in Bajaur Agency, occurred in September 2009 and “was highly successful, enabling the FC to execute a precise and effective artillery strike on an enemy location.”

It said that US Special operations forces support to Pakistan military would be at the division-level and would include a live downlink of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) full motion video.

She writes “should these developments and/or related matters receive any coverage in the Pakistani or US media, the Pakistani military will likely stop making requests for such assistance.”

Patterson acknowledged that the Pakistani military leadership previously opposed letting the US embed special operations personnel with their military forces.  It reads “the developments of the past two months thus appear to represent a sea change in their thinking.”

US military personnel are known to be training the paramilitary Frontier Constabulary force in Warsak, Peshawar, Tarbela and Shahbaz Airbase. US officials in Islamabad  have previously stated that they were in regular contact with Pakistan’s military leadership to enhance cooperation between the two forces rather than simply withdrawing its top officers from Pakistan.

In the 2009 cable, Patterson noted that the approval by GHQ – which she wrote was “almost certainly with the personal consent of Chief of Army Staff General Kayani” shows that Pakistanis are increasingly confident that the American government does not have ulterior motives in assisting their operations.  In addition, she noted that the direct recipients of US special operations personnel training appear to have recognised the potential benefits of bringing US special operation forces personnel into the field with them for operational advice and other support.

US recalls troops from Pakistan soil

An earlier report published in The Express Tribune stated that according to a top Pakistani military official, as many as 160 US soldiers had left Pakistan after the Abbottabad operation in May. However, he did not confirm the number stated by Pakistani officials, saying, “Over 200 US military personnel are still working here.”

Pakistan had formally asked the Pentagon to recall its men soon after the killing of al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden in unilateral American raid in the garrison city of Abbottabad.

The strong stance comes in the aftermath of a resolution passed during a joint session of parliament, which focused on revisiting the country’s policy regarding the war on terror, officials said.

The full text of the cables can be read on Dawn.com, The Hindu and NDTV. WikiLeaks has previously released cables to other media organisations including Guardian and the New York Times.

Reader Comments (13)

  • May 20, 2011 - 3:35PM

    Yawn! whats new! what is exciting is how the Ghairat brigade on talk shows tonight are going to spin this. Recommend

  • John
    May 20, 2011 - 7:00PM

    A state within a state: how true.Recommend

  • Chengez K
    May 20, 2011 - 7:44PM

    There are two type of brigades:

    1-Ghairat Brigade

    2-Baghairat Brigade

    Both Stinks!!!!!Recommend

  • May 20, 2011 - 8:10PM

    Stop the supply,stop it,just stop it,
    military and political leadership promised the nation
    if they violated the international law and sovereignty
    of the country supply would be stopped to the forces
    stationed in Afghanistan.

    Now they fulfill the promise made with the nation.Recommend

  • May 20, 2011 - 8:27PM

    Stop the supply,stop it,just stop it forthwith,
    military and political leadership promised the nation
    if they violated the international law and Pakistan’s sovereignty
    supply to the Nato forces stationed in neighboring country
    would be stopped,now the time has come please fulfill the promise
    made with the nation.

    Once again,they attacked by drones and killed 4 people
    as global media reported today.
    ?Recommend

  • Ahmed
    May 20, 2011 - 8:31PM

    Just blame it on global conspiracy & forget it!Recommend

  • san
    May 20, 2011 - 8:36PM

    I am going to surrender myself and Pakistan to US just for one favour. Could you please remove all stupid nukes, army and politicians and send them where you have sent bin ladin..We will do whatever you want us to do..Like proper slaves..Recommend

  • Salman Orangiwala
    May 20, 2011 - 8:54PM

    Very aptly mentioned :

    ” All countries have an army , The Pakistan army has a country “Recommend

  • Mirza
    May 20, 2011 - 9:37PM

    These are all lies to defame the army of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. These leaks are a timely conspiracy against the “great army and its acheivements.”

    However, all the leaks that are in favor of Pak army and go against the politicians are true and like a page from a holy book. Please release only the ones who help army’s cooperation with the US.Recommend

  • J Oberoi
    May 21, 2011 - 7:18AM

    One has a hard time telling what is the truth and what is a lie in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Tariq
    May 21, 2011 - 7:25AM

    @Mirza:
    Everything is Pakistan is a conspiracy, the real conspiracy is that the leaders are a bunch of crooks who will lie. They should tell the country that they need to get rid of the taliban instead they use them for their petty purposesRecommend

  • BruteForce
    May 21, 2011 - 8:17AM

    And, you all believe this institution will protect Pakistan’s sovereignty? Recommend

  • Kazmis
    May 21, 2011 - 9:03AM

    Wikileaks claims are perhaps true. I wonder, is Pakistan existing now after such handling of Pakistan by Pakistanis?Recommend

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