Volley heats up: ISI targeted in bitter Mullen tirade

Published: September 22, 2011
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" By exporting
violence, [Pakistan
has] eroded their
internal security,"
Chairman of the US Joint
Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen.

" By exporting violence, [Pakistan has] eroded their internal security," Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen.

WASHINGTON: 

The accusations have grown more blunt, the attacks more personal, and the reactions more punitive.

The top US military officer called the Haqqani network a “veritable arm” of Pakistan’s intelligence service on Thursday, and accused Pakistan of “exporting” violent extremism to Afghanistan.

“The Haqqani network … acts as a veritable arm of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency,” Admiral Mike Mullen, who steps down this month as chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said to a US Senate panel.

“With ISI support, Haqqani operatives planned and conducted (a September 11) truck bomb attack, as well as the assault on our embassy,” Mullen said.

(Read: ‘Strategic assets’ – ISI must disengage from proxies, says Mullen)

“We also have credible intelligence that they were behind the June 28 attack against the Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul and a host of other smaller but effective operations.”

“In choosing to use violent extremism as an instrument of policy, the government of Pakistan – and most especially the Pakistani Army and the ISI – jeopardises not only the prospect of our strategic partnership, but also Pakistan’s opportunity to be a respected nation with legitimate regional influence,” Mullen said.

“By exporting violence, they have eroded their internal security and their position in the region. They have undermined their international credibility and threatened their economic well-being,” Mullen said.

Meanwhile, in a startling accusation on Thursday, the Guardian reported that the American Nato commander in Afghanistan personally asked Pakistan’s army chief to halt an insurgent truck bomb headed for his troops, two days before a huge explosion that wounded 77 US soldiers at a base near Kabul.

On September 8, General John Allen raised intelligence reports of the impending truck bomb during a meeting with General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in Islamabad, the Guardian reported.

The report added that Kayani promised Allen he would “make a phone call” to try to stop the attack.

“The offer raised eyebrows,” the paper quoted an official with close knowledge of the meeting.

Two days later, an explosives-rigged truck ploughed into the gates of the US base in Wardak, 50 miles southwest of Kabul, injuring 77 US soldiers and killing two Afghan civilians.

(Read: Truck bomb wounds 77 foreign troops in Afghanistan)

The Guardian quoted Pakistani military spokesman, General Athar Abbas, as saying: “Let’s suppose it was the case. The main question is how did this truck travel to Wardak and explode without being checked by Nato? This is just a blame game.”

Aid with strings attached

Almost on cue, the US Senate Appropriations Committee passed a bill, linking US assistance to Pakistan to co-operation in acting against the Haqqani network, al Qaeda and other terrorist organisations.

The committee voted 28-2 to pass the Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations bill for the fiscal year 2012.

According to a statement issued by the committee, the bill provides for $161.4 million for State Department operations for Pakistan, but “does not specify amounts for assistance for Pakistan.”

The committee also voted to provide $1 billion for the Pakistan Counterinsurgency Capability Fund, $100 million less than what President Obama had requested.

(Read: US makes ‘all’ Pakistan assistance subject to action against Haqqani Network)

Additionally, says the committee’s press release, “the bill includes strengthened restrictions on assistance for Pakistan by conditioning all funds to the Government of Pakistan on cooperation against the Haqqani network, al Qaeda, and other terrorist organizations, with a waiver, and funding based on achieving benchmarks.”

(WITH INPUT BY HUMA IMTIAZ IN NEW YORK AND WIRE AGENCIES)

Published in The Express Tribune, September 23rd, 2011.

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Reader Comments (95)

  • Omair Shakil
    Sep 22, 2011 - 7:52PM

    We certainly need to learn from the US how to export peace and tranquillity to other countries, like it did to Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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  • Omair Shakil
    Sep 22, 2011 - 7:53PM

    We certainly need to learn from the US how to export peace and tranquillity to other countries, like it did to Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Jat
    Sep 22, 2011 - 7:54PM

    Oh Oh ! Last and final warning to Pakistan.

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  • Zezu
    Sep 22, 2011 - 7:55PM

    Get those Nukes Uncle SAM !!!

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  • Bangash
    Sep 22, 2011 - 7:56PM

    Have to agree with Admiral Mullen here, our policy of strategic depth has been self-destructive. It has been 30 years of failure with no security or benefit to Pakistan.

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  • Pundit
    Sep 22, 2011 - 8:02PM

    I hate Mike Mullen for speaking the truth! Very Deplorable.

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  • John B
    Sep 22, 2011 - 8:05PM

    Looking back, US seems to know the full-scale of PAK proxy war even before the Abbotabad, beginning with leadership shuffle in CIA and DoD.

    Tough road ahead for PAK. Obama administration position is clear on PAK. I bet republicans will also follow the same suit, either in 2012 or 2016.

    PAK credit will likely be tight in international market.

    10 years ago Somalia harbored al quieda to bomb US embassy in Kenya and Tanzania.

    Yemen supported USS Cole bombing network.

    30 years ago US embassy in Iran was attacked.

    The state of affairs of these countries today are ?

    US was/is always sympathetic to PAK plight but now PAK lost it.

    Sec. Clinton is one of the friends PAK has in US, but PAK alleged complacency in Kabul embassy bombing is tantamount to bombing her office. She is furious is an understatement.

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  • Doctor
    Sep 22, 2011 - 8:05PM

    Finally the US makes it clear that the game is up.

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  • Ashok
    Sep 22, 2011 - 8:21PM

    Since Pakistan has nuclear weapons – what really can the US do? This is a game of brinkmanship that may continue on forever and eventually turn into a North Korea type scenario. At the most, the US would be able to diplomatically and financially support separatist movements opposed by the military of Pakistan. At the least, it walks out and condemns Pakistan to sanctions, which may eventually result in the reestablishment of the AQ Khan network. If Pakistan did not have nuclear weapons, they would not have been able to play this game. This is a big boy game with big boy consequences.

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  • arharoon
    Sep 22, 2011 - 8:53PM

    US has lost it..they dont have anything better to do now …they are justing picking on Pakistan…

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  • Pro Pakistani
    Sep 22, 2011 - 8:57PM

    ISI should/can do anything to ensure peace in Pakistan. Pakistan has already sacrificed 30,000 lives in a change for the 3000 of 9/11. Obama has his best interests in his politics, neither in Pakistan peace, nor Afghan peace.

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  • Dr. Ali Ahmed
    Sep 22, 2011 - 9:00PM

    3 people attacked world’s most secure place… kept it hostage for 24 hours…

    i can understand why US is a cry baby right now… they seem to have been raped of their reputation n respect.. that they want to regain at all costs…

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  • Adeel759
    Sep 22, 2011 - 9:01PM

    Wow, over the past three days, this is getting more interesting by hours……Recommend

  • Rahul Singh
    Sep 22, 2011 - 9:10PM

    for years India was saying this but US was evasive, now when they are facing the heat they are accepting the fact. It’s going to be interesting now.

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  • fahad ullah dar
    Sep 22, 2011 - 9:10PM

    Sorry Mullen ” G ” not working this time come up with some thing different if you realy want to do a business

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  • Sultan Mehmood
    Sep 22, 2011 - 9:20PM

    Well, there is nothing surprising. It is the same drama that U.S has been staging every now and then. They try to pressurize Pakistan by a series of allegations. However, this time, American people are asking their government what they got out of war against terror? Bankruptcy? So, the government has nothing to say but to put the blame on Pakistan.

    After loosing so much for the war against terror what did Pakistan get?

    That’s what happens when the your leaders are corrupt from head to toe nails. They have no interest whatsoever happens to the country until their pockets are filled. God knows how much the government must have received from America to remain quite against such allegations.

    Where is Nawaz Sharif with his long marches? Is it not an issue enough? Where is Imran Khan with his dharna and “between the meals” hunger strikes? Who will step up and do what is right for Pakistan leaving personal interests behind?

    One needs to stand up and say enough is enough. We will fight against terror as much and as long as it affects Pakistan. We should not be up for others fights, what do we get for such noble acts anyways? filthy allegations?

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  • Mir Agha
    Sep 22, 2011 - 9:22PM

    Old senile man is giving it up in a month. The US is getting desperate.

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  • fahim
    Sep 22, 2011 - 9:36PM

    tell something new..

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  • Cautious
    Sep 22, 2011 - 9:38PM

    I hope they recorded the meeting between Mulin and Pasha — suspect there were plenty of fireworks. Wasn’t that long ago Pakistan thought that the solution to USA/Pakistan was better communication — well there isn’t much ambiguity in what the American’s are saying.

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  • KiJ
    Sep 22, 2011 - 9:39PM

    The US has no leverage and credibility in this region… it has miserably failed in Afghanistan – i mean miserably… Kabul is like a fortress, how are these militants with heavy weapons able to enter the city? The US/ISAF/Afg-Forces can’t protect a city from getting infiltrated with all their forces, intel and high-tech weapons, how do they expect Pak to seal a 1600 MILE BORDER? Even the US has not been able to seal its south border against illegal immigration despite all its might…

    The US is looking for a scapegoat for all its failures in Afghanistan…. that’s all!!!

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Sep 22, 2011 - 9:50PM

    Americans have no such country like Pakistan in the world who can take blame game of his failure in Afghanistan. Before 9/11 Afghanistan was a country of joint adventure for both against USSR but American wanted to write some new history at his own by concurring it but in vain like before, For face saving resorted to blame game against Pakistan whereas everybody around Afghanistan have joined hands together to teach a lesson to the monster of his life.

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  • Sultan Hijazi
    Sep 22, 2011 - 10:00PM

    Horns locked. Why do the Haqqanis have to select North Waziristan as their base when the Talibans control 80% of Afghanistan and have shadow Governments in 30 of 33 Districts , according to CIA own counts.

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Sep 22, 2011 - 10:01PM

    Americans can only blame Pakistan not Russia,Iran,China,CAS states because Pakistan is a cover for them as he use to be for Americans.KHALAS.

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  • FAZ
    Sep 22, 2011 - 10:09PM

    I cant understand why our media is not portraying the fact that these people were actually trained by the US in the first place! Can Mr. Mullen deny the services offered by Mr. Haqqani in the 80’s? Can they deny that the left the place where bullets where cheaper than bread and butter??Recommend

  • Shamy
    Sep 22, 2011 - 10:25PM

    hmm….its so interesting how everyone just believes what the US says….God they’re powerful, strong and credible !!

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  • Adnan
    Sep 22, 2011 - 10:34PM

    Why US is crying in the media? If they have any proofs then handover to the authorities.
    Once the same Haqqani network was favourite of US but now they are terrorist because the gameplan has changed. Instead of accepting their defeat US is building up pressure to transfer the war to Pakistan. They have already done it and now its the final episode of this game.

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  • Sarah
    Sep 22, 2011 - 10:39PM

    He’s had enough of diplomacy.

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  • Neutralist
    Sep 22, 2011 - 10:42PM

    Oh! I am.. About to retire without having done anything? Put it on ISI!

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  • Ashutosh
    Sep 22, 2011 - 10:53PM

    If Pakistan is an ally then the war against terror can be won …

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  • Noreen
    Sep 22, 2011 - 10:58PM

    And what I keep wondering is… Why are indians interfering in our news?

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  • Blithe
    Sep 22, 2011 - 11:06PM

    Looks who talking!
    A country that sends mercenaries like Raymond
    Davis to Pakistan!!!

    Pakistan does not need to worry.
    US is clutching on straws…
    It has already lost the plot.

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  • Hatim
    Sep 22, 2011 - 11:13PM

    Nothing to see here. They had evidence that saddam had nukes ready to strike London and Paris within hours.

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  • Pak Soldier
    Sep 22, 2011 - 11:16PM

    As wise man say

    Keep your friend close and enemies
    closest

    ;)
    Its like A Chess Board Game not ending so soon my Frnds!!
    USA and PAK arguing blaming even WARNING but Still Friendly Alliance until WWiii.
    ..but i see at least these Warning’s make my Enemies Happpiii.! l0l ;P

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  • R S JOHAR
    Sep 22, 2011 - 11:20PM

    What will the poor superpower do now with Pakistan now since it has tried everything but failed to reform its closest ally ?

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  • Palvasha von Hassell
    Sep 22, 2011 - 11:25PM

    for God’s sake go home!!Recommend

  • Kamran
    Sep 22, 2011 - 11:46PM

    Pakistan must stop this insanity, or else be ready to face crippling, economic sanctions in the form of unilateral trade embargoes from the United States. We should keep in mind that Pakistan earns its revenue most by selling the largest number of goods to America than any other country.

    Then Pakistanis who yell at America like roaring mice will realize how difficult it is to mess with a super power. Recommend

  • Sense
    Sep 23, 2011 - 12:06AM

    “with ISI support”?!

    let’s have an account of all the ‘dignified’ activities that have been done ‘with CIA support’ in the world as well

    the manipulative US and incompetent Pakistani authorities are playing with the lives of 180 million people… that is way more dangerous and volatile than any nuke i know of

    love us or hate us, we are 180 million people who are not just going to disappear, it would be smart of the US to invest in our happiness and prosperity for a better world

    coming from a super libertarian, i think the Pakistani military has a deeper understanding of the issues as they relate to our own national interests and we should strive to understand their point of view. they deserve the benefit of the doubt. there is more to what’s happening behind the scenes than us burger kids can make out from just reading the news

    the american government is a master at distorting peoples’ perceptions and framing events in ways that support their cause

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  • Tahawar
    Sep 23, 2011 - 12:34AM

    @Noreen: These losers have nothing better to do or may be they are getting paid to read and proliferate Pak newspapers with their rabid comments.

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  • syed hasan atizaz
    Sep 23, 2011 - 12:59AM

    There is no point fighting this useless war, uncle should understand he will not going to get our oil, mineral uranium gas or anything- the time and energy he spends on this evil will make him go bald sooner or later which he will going to regretRecommend

  • saeed butt
    Sep 23, 2011 - 1:02AM

    i think that now pakistan should leve the bside,us partnership in afghan war.because pakistan have huge lost in this war.pakistan have every day bomb blast in the difrent cites.pakistani nation is very good nation but our gov is not good.our leader ship is curapt.pakistan no need any us aid.i belive that if pakistan leve the amrica we feel beter before.pakistan zinda bad…inshala

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  • Sharjeel Jawaid
    Sep 23, 2011 - 1:45AM

    Dear Admiral Mullen,

    Instead of blaming us every other day, please help us with establishment of a functional Government in Islamabad. Presently we have non!

    It will a great US favour to Pakistan and contribute to world peace and stability.

    Sincerely,

    Sharjeel Jawaid

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  • Grace
    Sep 23, 2011 - 1:53AM

    Sounds like the Americans have allowed themselves to be deceived by the Afghans. Be that as it may, it appears the West is looking for a scapegoat to blame their failures on. Pakistan brought an end to Soviet rule in Afghanistan. Sad to see how they can ever accuse Pakistan when they know only too well the price Pakistan had to pay then and continues to pay now. Maybe it’s time for Pakistan to just take of her own interests now. Pakistan must say no to all so called aid and learn to stand on its own feet so that we don’t get black mailed by others into bringing more instability into Pakistan. If the US is so concerned about the region, let them help us build a big fence / wall around Afghanistan so Afghanis and foreigners stop coming to our country.

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  • Kashi
    Sep 23, 2011 - 2:09AM

    US is losing day by day in Afghanistan so making excuses n telling to their own nation tht we r super power n know who is doing all this, US should take lesson from Russia, still not getting it, then make every blame on Pak n lose ur ppl. this blame is just to keep silent their own nation. Recommend

  • MD
    Sep 23, 2011 - 2:28AM

    Pakistan seems to have reached a dead end and the isolation of Pakistan appears to be complete. I wonder what kind of people are in charge of Pakistan, because, even if an iota of patriotism left in them, they could have seen it that their country is heading towards a minefield where death appears certain. I don’t understand, why the Huqqanis are so important for Pakistan, even if that makes her a pariah in the international community. I really don’t understand the mindset of Pak rulers.
    I wonder as to what the rulers of Pakistan really want. Don’t they care for the tens of millions of poor Pakistanis who are desperately trying to find food for that very day to survive? There are millions of villagers ravaged by the floods, waiting desperately for relief, thousands more are waiting for medical care. What is the point in playing these Haqqani games? What the the Rommels and Guderians {if I can borrow from Mr.Kamran Shafi} do really aim to achieve?
    Pak establishment must understand that, in the modern times, every nation state do exist for the sole purpose of welfare of its people, if not, it cannot survive for long.
    Better realize it soon, lest it is too late.

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  • Sep 23, 2011 - 2:57AM

    @syed baqar ahsan:

    The Americans want to introduce their VERY tasty cousine to the Afghani …Kentucky Fried Chicken,MacDonnalds,Subway sandwiches,which you can order by the meter,their s…t Starbucks coffee shops(they are closing in Berlin one after the other) and their POP sub-culture.

    Ooooooooooooooh! And did we forget…they wanted to liberate the women of Afganistan from the burga,but in the same time they allow Muslim woumen in USA to wear a burga.

    It is an expression of religious freedom.

    After 10 years of being in Afghanistan,they suddenly found out,that the war on terror costs them much toooooooooooooooooooooooo much money and that their citizens are almost starving.

    I listen every night to Wolf Blitzer’s Situation Room on CNN and he said recently,millions of Americans are living on food stamps.

    Inbelievable…this in the Land of the ENDLESS opportunities!

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  • Sep 23, 2011 - 3:02AM

    @FAZ:

    Panta rei panta kineitai kai oden menei….in English simply translated means.:Times change!

    Who was USA beloved friend yesterday…is today an hated enemy!

    This is the Anglo-Saxon’s mentality.

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  • Tahawar
    Sep 23, 2011 - 3:05AM

    Can any one answer this questions.
    The attack on US embassy in Kabul happened when Hina Khar was about to meet Sec. Clinton. Was that just a coincidence ? How do you explain numerous other incidents where timing of such incidents coincided with a high level visit from pakistan, US, or even India or other important occassion where the focus shifted to terrorism and Pakistan involvement in it.

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  • Peace and love
    Sep 23, 2011 - 3:08AM

    With all cooperation, Still If someone entry in house without permission any one goes insane my Frnd..but even after that Pakistan not go Insane and acted wisely and Investigate whole Event by Politically Judiciary and by Army itself and Rise Voice on Correct UN Plate Forum!

    USA never make Mistake of trying every thing with Pakistan atleast they not stupid as German!!! They only create a Confuse environment to keep thing under pressure
    and secondly they already WARNED before even trying[every thing with Pakistan] that If You Mess with Islamabad,you will be Messing With Bejin! 6th May 2011 FM China =)

    If you talk about Economically..it Already Changinggg.. =)

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  • Sep 23, 2011 - 3:13AM

    @Kamran:

    Hey,Kamran,do you know HOW far is USA from Pakistan?

    And you try to tell us,that Pakistan is exporting most of its manufactured goods to USA?!

    Do you know how much just the transport will cost?

    No…Pakistan is selling abig chunck of its texitiles to GERMANY.I just bought a winter outdoor parka.On the label is written:Made in Pakistan.

    Already so me months ago,the German State TV,ARD,said,that German Government increased the quita for Pakistan textiles.

    Please,plaes,STOP threatening the poor Pakistani!

    You,americans,shamelessly use the fact,that Pakistan got loans from your banks.

    There will be NO any BAD conswquences for Pakistan…your sanctions are just a farse!…NOBODY follows them!

    Only your economy gets disadvantaged by sanctions,because they can not make business with Pakistan.

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  • Pakistan Army
    Sep 23, 2011 - 3:25AM

    Please my frnd Noreen don’t say harsh thing to our neighbour!!
    We have to keep thing as much as we can in respected manners as Muslim as Pakistani as as a Good Human!! Its time to change idea about Muslim that they are Emotional..No We seek only Peace and respect other opinion as long as it in Under Umbrella of Behaviors!
    =)

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Sep 23, 2011 - 3:27AM

    Live like a tiger u loosers.

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  • Nahid Siddiqui
    Sep 23, 2011 - 3:51AM

    I wish it were not true, but sadly I think Mullen is telling the truth. I wish ISI will show their patriotism by building schools and universities and roads for the Afghans. We are creating enemies out the Afghanistan. All our neighbours hate us. I am sure Iran loves us for our treatment of Shias.

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  • Arjun
    Sep 23, 2011 - 4:08AM

    Pakistan has been warned.
    Next step: Abbotabad 2.0.

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  • saqib
    Sep 23, 2011 - 4:37AM

    watever mullen..get n overdose of V and beat it out…loser..Recommend

  • Feroz
    Sep 23, 2011 - 5:16AM

    @Nahid Siddiqui
    Its CSI security laps and they blaming others for that! Stop Believing on everything Frnd!!
    ISI fighting Afghanistan War IN Pakistan Border not OUT what else you want!!
    Ask NATO to build Schools and Universities in Afghanistan!!
    Not All Neighbors very few Jealous Neighbors hate Pakistan and let me clear you Mr Nahib that Shias attack is done by Taliban!
    Like they attack Karachi Lahore and Islamabad and kill thousand of innocents!
    Iran not hate Pakistan.. Again stop spreading discouragement!!

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  • Bilal A
    Sep 23, 2011 - 5:43AM

    Pakistan needs to secure it’s borders for it’s own sake and for the sake of Pakistanis. Why can’t we go to n. Wazirstan? Doesn’t Zardari and Kaayani know who the terrorists are ? Who is blowing our mousques and buturing innocents? Day in day out. Is this not the responsibility of our army to protect and serve? Are they only good at making askari banks askari and bahria plots etc . What a shame

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  • Political Analyst
    Sep 23, 2011 - 5:45AM

    Come to think of it .. US knew about a bomb headed towards their troops in afghanistan and did nothing .. HOW DUMB DOES THAT SOUND … US is following on the footsteps of india, anything happens in india and they blame pakistan … US could have blown up the freakin truck before it reached their base … they have planes flying around in afghanistan ….

    Gen Kiyani saying that he would make a phone call does not mean he had people sitting in the truck … it meant that he would make a call to ask border security to be vigilant …. TYPICAL US STRATEGY OF TAKING THINGS OUT OF CONTEXT ….

    This is not going to take them anywhere … according to my polotical analysis US is losing the war in afghanistan and they want someone to blame or it and what better target than pakistan …. 3,000 people died in world trade center and 36,000 have died in pakistan after Pakistan started supporting US ….

    On the subject of Aid … Pakistan army has already said they dont want any money from US and anything paid by US should be used to help pakistani citizens … DUHHHHH !!!!!

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  • gothmog
    Sep 23, 2011 - 6:01AM

    The incident was a case of intelligence failure on the part of US forces in Afghanistan. The US would have us believe that large tracts of Afghanistan are secure and here we have an attack right inside the fortress city of Kabul. Just goes to show how well the war in Afghanistan is going. Now we have the US trying to deflect the criticism of its failure onto Pakistan while trying to expand the already illegal theater of operations and the thousands of innocent lives lost as a direct result.

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  • Ricky
    Sep 23, 2011 - 6:03AM

    It seems like time is already very near of Collapse of So Called Self Proclaimed Super Power United States. America Should Prepare to Face Consequences For The Game They Started But They will not be Able To End It!

    Nara – E -Pakistan – Jai – PakWatanRecommend

  • Arindom
    Sep 23, 2011 - 6:33AM

    @FAZ:
    Dude, that was over 30 years ago!!! time to wake up!! Even Rip-van-Winkle slept for only 20 years!!

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  • Pundit
    Sep 23, 2011 - 6:40AM

    @Noreen: I am an Indian and I enjoy watching Paki news and interfering:

    call me Pakistani at heart…..btw r u single?:)

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  • DR AHMED
    Sep 23, 2011 - 6:41AM

    America can forgive its enemies like North Korea but America never forgive its friends. The lesson of the history is that people don’t learn lesson from the history. America and their allies have to leave one day from the occupied lands all over the world especially Afghanistan. They will be humiliated like others who invaded Afghanistan before. Well for ordinary people of Pakistan its nice to see that Americans bomb and kill all the corrupt politicians and Janta of Pakistan before they are kicked out of this region. Good luck! just a reminder to all readers to have a look on the book “AFTER AMERICA-the death of uncle SAM” and luckily it was not written by Mullah Umer!

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  • Andrew R
    Sep 23, 2011 - 6:41AM

    The Embassy attack was one clever move too many by the ISI. I hope this time the US brings it to heel. Right now, Pakistan has nowhere to hide.

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  • ali
    Sep 23, 2011 - 7:46AM

    I hope our forces can defend the country….typical American tactic to blame Pakistan because they have been defeated in Afghanistan.

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  • Spud
    Sep 23, 2011 - 7:49AM

    The US only gets interested in a regime when their interests are threatened. So far in the past 100 years the so called defender of democracy USA has never supported one democratic regime. Pakistan’s all administrations run by Generals were supported by the US, so was undemocratic administrations of Vietnam and Manila etc. and rigidly and fanatically religious administration of Saudi Arabia. The list goes on and on. Now Americans want women in all Islamic countries to be liberated but they do not touch downtrodden Muslim women in their own country. What a duplicitous mob the US are.

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  • Ejaaz
    Sep 23, 2011 - 7:54AM

    big boy consequences? Become like North Korea? Pakistan with 200 million will be lucky to become like North Korea.

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  • Sep 23, 2011 - 7:57AM

    All talk, no evidence. Just like Iraq WMDs.

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  • narayana murthy
    Sep 23, 2011 - 8:21AM

    Mullen

    Pakistan is in self destructive mood and these are the traits – denial, bloated ego, having no clue.

    The only thing you can do is, speed up this destruction process.Recommend

  • BruteForce
    Sep 23, 2011 - 8:31AM

    Things will go only downhill from now for Pakistan.

    It is stuck between a Rock and a hard place. SufferingRecommend

  • Sep 23, 2011 - 9:41AM

    @Peace and love: Brother dont depend on any country other than Pakistan .

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  • ovais tauheed
    Sep 23, 2011 - 10:08AM

    As i said in my earlier comments two days back usa needs scapegoat this time it is pakistan as election is nearing in america,all the zionist ,hindu lobbyist insist usa before u go take out pakisan nuke’s ,army and isi.at this critical time pakistan needs an iron man like hamid gul,he should be made president.with full consensus than he will show his teeth to usa what pakisan can do if they dont stop bashing pakislan.

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  • PhlyingRPh
    Sep 23, 2011 - 10:09AM

    I don’t know what the ISI thinks they can achieve by being involved in the business of murder. America has murdered 30,000 Pakistanis without recourse and the ISI decides to kill Afghans and Indians instead? Where is the sense in that?

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  • Feroz
    Sep 23, 2011 - 11:26AM

    It took a lot of time and Money for wisdom to don but only now people are realizing which is the Worlds biggest and most violent Jihadi terror organisation, it is not Al Qaeda and its affiliates. The citizens of the country know it for ages but are too scared to voice their opinion publicly. Saleem Shahzad paid a heavy price for spilling the beans and the people of Baluchistan continue to conveniently disappear.
    Yes, Pakistan is a horrible victim of terror but not from imaginary enemies to the east and west of the country.

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  • Udaya Bose
    Sep 23, 2011 - 11:30AM

    @fahim:

    “tell something new”
    The truth does not change with time. It only gets reinforced. It is always new.

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  • Parvez+Mahmud
    Sep 23, 2011 - 11:45AM

    Reading between the lines, one can discern that America has decided to let go of Southern Afghanistan and continue their nation building exercise only in north. This can be seen in position taken by old Northern Alliance against any talks with Taliban and also lukewarm attitude of NATO and India towards reconciliation. American efforts at private talks with Taliban also point in same direction. The American effort to sign a status of force agreement is sure fire poison for reconciliation. Also notice the effort to establish a route through Uzbekistan to north of Afghanistan
    This is essentially Robert Blackwell plan. The idea is to dump Afghan south and let it become a problem for Pakistan. When Hillary Clinton talks about Silk Road, she is talking about a road from India to Kabul, then north to Uzbekistan and Georgia. There are two problems with this plan. Internally, Taliban do not buy this division and Karzai has no use in such a setup. I see more focused attacks on Kabul to derail this plan from Taliban and pro division forces work on elimination of those personalities who want to see a unified Afghanistan. There is also Haqqani tribe sitting on top of Peshawar – Kabul axis, hence the focus on Haqqani network. Then there is the question of buy in from neighboring countries. If you put the event in this frame work then you will see lot of coherence and save yourself grief of blame games.

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  • AFK
    Sep 23, 2011 - 11:51AM

    MIKE MULLEN is copying Zulfiqar Mirza, soon he carry Bible and take oath what he said. Pakistan itself going through a very hard phase, why whould ISI do this.

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  • Rizwan
    Sep 23, 2011 - 11:53AM

    Its an standard operating procedure for US to blame others for their own short coming and failures .By the way US is the only country in the world which in the last 50 years has destroyed /invaded more then 10 countries by starting proxy war and then invading them.

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  • Antanu
    Sep 23, 2011 - 11:58AM

    @MD:
    or who ever u’ would u agree if a foreign power dictates india to bomb out naxals, nagas. Ulfas etc etc and mind u these outfits are also terrorists. Pls always remember ….bias only create bias.

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  • Antanu
    Sep 23, 2011 - 12:23PM

    @Rahul Singh:
    US rhetoric is result of pak iran, pak n russian economic cooperation . US dont want the region to prosper and u are naive enough to link it with terror. Dont forget zvia role in every evil india fced during mrs.gandhi rule. Dont support us only since it is targetting pak. They will do the same at very first opportunity. If u eant a proof let india be truly a frnd of china. Why did not india bac out under us oressure from iran india oipeline which could provide cheap ga. Atleast pak has courage togo ahead. Recommend

  • Faraz
    Sep 23, 2011 - 12:58PM

    Hate to say it but… Pakistan is going to be the next North Korea. Pakistanis (and I am one, too) just don’t want to realize the problem. It may have been America’s war but it is OURS now. You can’t just say “go back America” now, the war has very much shifted to and within Pakistan and our problems our within. Stop blaming America for once and look at what’s happening in the country itself.

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  • fahad ullah dar
    Sep 23, 2011 - 1:19PM

    this reminds me an article published in Guardian by Simon Tisdal where he comments ” in fighting to save Afghanistan, America will succeeded only in loosing Pakistan..And here we go ”Ghost de Haqaani ” has done the trick . But before pusing Pakistan too far American should know it that this in 2011 not 2001 and lot has changed between 0 AND 1

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Sep 23, 2011 - 2:07PM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.A new drama of US’ officials to enter Pakistan and US’ troops shall face the most hazardous conditions than Afghanistan.

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  • khurram Nazir
    Sep 23, 2011 - 2:27PM

    To me it seems a matter of finance…. Mr Mullen is leaving the job and needs a new one with one of the big contracting firms of Pentagon!!!

    Seen in this light the statement seems logical!!

    Otherwise how can you appear before the congress and a month before your leaving the job and explain the recent attacks despite:
    1. Ten years of fighting and no clear end in sight — In the Grave Yards of Empires.
    2. Loss of young and innocent American lives.
    3. Billions of Dollars given to civil contractors.
    4. Billions spent on US covert program.
    5. Rationale for continuing this mess!!

    Yes, Pakistan has committed policy mistakes and may continue to do so but don’t put all the balme for failures on Pakistan

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  • John
    Sep 23, 2011 - 2:33PM

    How can a country of 180 million fighting for peace for the remaining 6,820 million people.
    and a country facing ? number of suicide bombs, blasts, rapes, kidnaps, sectarian, religious, tribal, civilian, military, karachiites… oh! half way through long list of violences all for the betterment of the world can ever do this. No its not possible. Recommend

  • vasan
    Sep 23, 2011 - 2:38PM

    Balkanization plan is dusted up and taken from the drawers. Pushtoonistan formation is not far away. Pakistanis, Beware of the redrawing of boundaries on your wester border.

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  • Juma Khan Bugti
    Sep 23, 2011 - 2:45PM

    So what they gonna do, invade Pakistan. Yeah right!!! As far as US is concerned, even if you go after Haqqanis, they will find yet another excuse to whip lash Pakistan. Recommend

  • Sep 23, 2011 - 2:48PM

    Breaking up is hard I guess for superpower too.Recommend

  • Tahir Amjad
    Sep 23, 2011 - 3:15PM

    The so called turban bomber who killed Mr.Rabbani stayed in the state guest house and waited for four days to have a meeting with Mr.Rabbani,,,why he was not checked by the so called very much allert security agencies of Nato (READ CIA)

    In fact us have changed its mind to have peace in the region,,and perhaps decided to go for Pakistan now.

    Insha Allah rhis will bring an end to us superamacy. Recommend

  • Yusuf
    Sep 23, 2011 - 4:13PM

    Its absolutely beastly what Mullen is saying about Pakistan. This is Not the way to behave as an ally. Mullen pointing out Pakistanis is already an enemy. What the Pakistanis need is to study how the American Football game the “NFL,” is played every Sunday afternoon, the strategy is simple ” Just get him the ball in space and let him run to finish line..,” that’s how rookie Green Bay runner picked up the ball and ran for 108 yard. The game starts with a strategy, personell, placement, choosing players, and finally coach directing. The players in the NFL football league make it happen. The United States game plan is simple, they want a berth, a stay in Afghanistan, a safe route of material supply, and willing players. Our foreign minister from Muzzfargarh, a small rural city in province of Punjab need to take course Enemy 101 at Mullen school. Recommend

  • FAZ
    Sep 23, 2011 - 9:54PM

    @Rosie Deus-von Homeyer:
    Ya times have changed and they have changed for the USA too!! Record budget deficit of 14T USD!!! 9/11 woke a sleeping giant. I say, 9/11 woke a d*head giant!! :)

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  • Sep 24, 2011 - 12:52AM

    @narayana murthy:

    The Americans ran out of money and moooooooooooooooooooooney,a plenty of it,my Dear,is needed to run a war!

    USA is already involved in two wars.Every day BBC or CNN (their own propaganda machine) are bringing the news of US soldiers blasted by suicide bombers in Iraq or Afghanistan.

    Their economy is in a very bad shape.I hear this NOT from German broadcasters,but from CNN.

    So…do you think,they will start a new war with a nation of 170mil. like Pakistan?

    They were afraid to invade and bomb Iran,which has only 80 mil.people.

    For years their propaganda was shouting how bad the Iranis are;what monsters they are and they want the nuclear bomb to kill the “innocent” angels,called Americans! When the realized,that this is not working and the Iranis are continuing to builfd nuclear plants,they stoped.

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  • Parvez+Mahmud
    Sep 24, 2011 - 2:00AM

    All is fair in love and war.
    “By Deception, Thou Shalt Make War”.
    Win at all cost.
    Winners write the truth.
    End is getting closer every day.

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  • Adnan Siddiqui
    Sep 24, 2011 - 3:14AM

    Pakistan has done more then enough for the war. Thousands of army personals have lost their lives. This should be appreciated from the US government.

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  • Majid Ali
    Sep 24, 2011 - 4:36PM

    Pakistan is the greatest ally the US has – only behind Israel. As such, the US should ensure that Pakistan’s needs and aspirations are met. Pakistan openly desires to possess Kashmir and its our duty, as grateful allies, to ensure that Pakistan gets what it wants.

    Pakistan is also no Afghanistan or Iraq. It has a fearsome military that can flex its muscles far and wide.

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  • Noise
    Sep 24, 2011 - 5:28PM

    @Majid Ali
    Despite Pakistan’s fearsome military all the the USA needs to do to bring Pakistan to the ground is to stop giving it money. Pakistan is a county with a kaput economy and a very expensive army, similar to north korea. The consequences aid drying up would be so disastrous that Pakistan would implode in a manner of months. The US does not do this because even though it coldhearted it is not THAT cold hearted. Besides an imploded Pakistan would given a opportunity to China or Iran or make India too large for American comfort.Recommend

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