ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Tehmina Janjua on Thursday rejected US allegations that the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) is using a Pakistan-based militant network for a proxy war in Afghanistan.
Speaking during the Foreign Office briefing in Islamabad, Janjua said Pakistan had no cooperation with the Haqqani network and was not fighting any war through the Haqqanis in Afghanistan.
The spokesperson also pointed out cross-border attacks from Afghanistan and said that the issue had been raised with the United States.
Janjua said Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani will be visiting Afghanistan and will offer condolences over the death of Burhanuddin Rabbani.
Earlier, US officials had claimed that there was mounting evidence that the ISI had been encouraging the Haqqani network to attack targets in Afghanistan.
The US ambassador to Pakistan also blamed the Haqqani network for the Kabul siege that left 14 people dead, and claimed that there was evidence linking the group to the Pakistani government.
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@Mariam.b: Absolutely right Mariam
People, come to your senses! We are being played in the hands of self-interest driven political forces. In war-time political leaders get re-elected, army budget get quadrupled, competitive trade rivals are happy to see us trapped in a war and it's aftermath. Hopeless extremist & terrorist find a legitimate partner in the government & locals. Anti-Muslim forces get united. Pakistan, who desperately need better economy, better public facilities & flood planning goes back 100 years in progress.
ISI youve done your work... we as a nation are with you.. we love you.. i knw we are an ally of haqqani+taliban.. and USA cannot do anything to our lovely country... and we dont need any US aid now.. China is with us
@Pundit: and make new enemies sorry mate bad idea and haqani network is based in khost afghanistan
@Manoj: lol....why would you presume India would be safe in such a scenario??? Why do you think Pakistan harbours these proxies in the first place???
@John B: John.. it is yet to be proved about OBL and without any proven facts it is as much baseless as the US recent claims and also current speech of Obama on Palestine
the problem is not AfPak
Its only PAK!
I fear Pakistan is firmly a target of USA agression now, and it may be begining of the end of Pakistan. It will be sad day for India also. One part of it will be fragmented in many smaller states to serve the purpose of western nations. Mr. Jinnah's soul must be crying in repentance today for his two nation theory.
Yet another rejection.
Whoa ! Salute to ISI who always causes the downfall of World Police States be it USSR or USA.
Beware of pressure tactics by the US. This is typical of imperialist powers. Whose proxy is Karzai. Admittedly a fraud election keeps him in power. Stand firm - Pakistan.
Of course you will reject these allegations. That is your job.
You need to come out of your denial mode too!
I think America is making excuses, and it is not very interested in the war against terror. America is now confused herself, the country has almost gone bankrupt by fighting against Muslim countries in war against terror. Now, it is trying to find somebody to put the blame of their failures on, and Pakistan is the perfect goat, so much for being the front line ally on war against terror. America doesn't seem very sincere with Pakistan, and has never trusted Pakistan. Who has lost more in this so called war against terror? Of coarse Pakistan, sacrificing around 36000 people, and having the country ripped apart. The Government of Pakistan should respond strongly to such allegations. If we are to fight this war we need the respect we deserve.
Forget politics , democracy , aristocracy Falana cracy & Thamkana Cracy.
The state is in trouble .. Dont love the government but never let go off the state , strengthen it
Americans are looking for someone to blame when they are run from Afghanistan.
@ChaoticOne: Very True....except the readers of Express Tribune no one pays any attention ...
But the poor FO staff have to earn their salaries....
So its US vs Pakistan!
Who has more credibility?
Pakistan comes first ,enough of this mantra of DO MORE DO MORE.We must resist this American diplomatic agression like a soverign nation
When you are explaining, you are losing. By the way, we were never involved in IOK and terror acts like Mumbai, hijacking of Indian Airlines, bombing of Indian Embassy etc. either. We rejected all proof given to us. We don't have any strategic "assets" or "depth". We never invited Al Qaeda types to our land either. The whole world is against us. They have nothing better to do but trip us everyday.
The primary function of the state is to dig strategic holes to hide strategic assets. Nothing else matters. Its unfortunate that the populace, which is a strategic nuisance, cannot understand the grand strategic doctrine.
@Natasha Suleman: Are you not a Pakistani? if yes then you also come under this elegation!
@Natasha Suleman: What Pakistan can do is to disengage with the Haqqani Bros?
Why is that so difficult for such an intelligent lady like u to understand?
It seems that Pakistan is out on the street to fight everything under the sun. May good scene prevail to Pakistan.
//This is absolutely wrong that a state is dragged towards those issues which it is not involved.//
Do these statements by government officials who are paid to lie have any effect even diplomatically? The structure of lies and deception on which the very nature of diplomacy is founded upon needs to be dismantled in the very near future. The world has become too open for these kinds of games. Yes it could have worked maybe 30 years earlier but this is not the case anymore.
First it was Alqaeda, then Taliban's and now haqqanis, who know what is next. Americans just need a villain so they can put there naughty kids to sleep.
PAK FO also said that OBL was not in PAK, and ISI and army concurred it until May 1.
This time around PAK bit the hand that feeds.
It is time to have real peace negotiations!!1
Pakistan do not need to listen to America anymore. We have listened and pampered americans enough in the last 10 years and common Pakistani is suffering. Its time to defend the nation at all costs from American influence.
:) thank you for information you provided ma'm. But what about the proof that Pashan has just seen in US and did not say a word?? How long will you keep making fool of pakistani population...no one harms Pakistani interests more than the bunch of lies propagated by this govt....when will you inform people on what basis Musharraf agreed to fight this war...??
Now we have to defend this through all over media in the world. This is absolutely wrong that a state is dragged towards those issues which it is not involved.
Thank Allah the Paki Denial Machinery is intact.....with no response for days I was getting anxious...
Whatelse can Pakistan do apart from rejecting claims every now and then?