'Pakistani forces capable of handling militant threat'

Published: December 21, 2010
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Ambassador to US, Hussain Haqqani says no foreign troops 'can operate on Pakistani soil.'

Ambassador to US, Hussain Haqqani says no foreign troops 'can operate on Pakistani soil.'

WASHINGTON: Pakistan on Monday ruled out the notion of any foreign troops operating on its soil, with the top diplomat in Washington stressing that Pakistani forces were capable of handling the militant threat within the country’s borders.

“Pakistani forces are capable of handling the militant threat within our borders and no foreign forces are allowed or required to operate inside our sovereign territory,” Islamabad’s ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani said.

He was commenting on a report in The New York Times, which claimed that US commanders based in Afghanistan are pushing for raids on militant targets across the border in Pakistan.

Haqqani said the “US and Pakistan forces understand each others terms of engagement well” and have a very high-level of cooperation as allies fighting a common enemy, along the Afghan border.

“We work with our allies, especially the US, and appreciate their material support but we will not accept foreign troops on our soil – a position that is well known,” he stated emphatically.

Reminding critics of Pakistan’s anti-terror efforts along the Afghan border, where the country has deployed well over 100,000 troops, Haqqani said: “We have made enormous gains and tremendous sacrifices in fighting terrorists over the last two years and will continue our efforts for our own security and that of the whole world.”

He pointed out that Pakistan and US officials remain constantly in touch and “do not need anonymous source news reports to tell us about each others’ thinking.”

The ambassador cited the recent visit of US Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen, who during his trip “acknowledged Pakistan’s contribution.”

“Nothing discussed during his trip indicates the likelihood of ill-advised escalation or unilateral action by Nato troops beyond their mandate in Afghanistan.”

Pakistan, Afghanistan and the US will “continue to work together to root out al Qaeda and other terrorists and bring stability and prosperity to our region,” the ambassador noted.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Ahmed
    Dec 21, 2010 - 4:22PM

    Finally, a bold statement from Islamabad! Bravo!Recommend

  • Khadija
    Dec 21, 2010 - 5:04PM

    By all mean. The Pakistan Forces are capable of any threat they can handle professionally. That said; no foreign forces should given the iota of authority to operate on the Pakistan’s soil. The Americans should not be given the right to augment the ‘drone attacks’. They, instead, wanted to create a chaos in order to steal Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities. Every Pakistani should be aware of that fact. Say no to any American or foreign troups on our soil!Recommend

  • ashoksai
    Dec 21, 2010 - 5:47PM

    @Khadija

    What about the aid they are giving ? How about your elite carrying begging bowl ?Recommend

  • Dec 21, 2010 - 7:47PM

    ashoksai –

    Tell them to take their aid and their military and shove off from the region. Pakistan has lost many magnitudes more through economic damage and terrorism, that has been a direct result of the unnecessary US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, than it has gained through peanuts worth of aid (the majority of which by the way is in fact reimbursements for expenses incurred by Pakistan in providing logistical support to NATO – fuel, transport etc.).Recommend

  • Cautious
    Dec 21, 2010 - 8:00PM

    If the Pakistan army is capable of handling these bad guys they sure do a poor job of showing it.

    The USA offered to fight along side Pakistani troops and they were turned down. They offered to fight in lieu of Pakistani troops and were turned down. The USA should just declare that they no longer consider the tribal area’s part of Pakistan and put boots on the ground – give the Pakistani army a chance to put up or shut up – give the Generals a bona fide chance of losing all their modern hardware in one week.Recommend

  • Dec 21, 2010 - 8:29PM

    Cautious – which world are you living in?

    “If the Pakistan army is capable of handling these bad guys they sure do a poor job of showing it.”

    The Pakistan Army deployed in Swat, South Waziristan and Bajaur/Mohmand with overwhelming success. The Taliban in those Agencies and Districts are a pale shadow of themselves, with isolated and small ‘hit and run’ incidents and suicide bombings (directed from other agencies) being the only means of aggression the Taliban have been reduced to, and all that despite a having a tiny fraction of the military technology and resources available to NATO troops.

    If anything it is the US and NATO that need PA troops deployed with them to illustrate how to properly approach a COIN, so no thank you, we don’t need US troops deployed either in support or in isolation on Pakistani soil, since they have illustrated an uncanny ability to muck things up in Afghanistan even after nine years of an unnecessary war.

    The Afghans are already seething at the innocent civilians killed in US air raids by trigger happy GI Joe wannabes in the US military, we don’t need the same replicated in Pakistan any more than we already have through the drone attacks.

    If the US is ‘unsatisfied’ with the pace of Pakistani military operations, the answer is simple, provide the resources the Pakistan military is lacking to speed up the pace – but as I pointed out earlier, the US cannot provide Gunship Cobra’s till after 2014, and probably will take another year or two before fulfilling the order for the Bell 412 choppers.

    So until the US fulfills Pakistan’s equipment shortages, it needs to wait.Recommend

  • Rehan
    Dec 21, 2010 - 9:52PM

    basically the ambassador is saying, you go ahead and do it, we will do the lip service of showing outrage and deny it, and oh yeh, please keep those dollars flowing, and oh yeh, please don’t kick my kids out of your prestigious universities, i don’t want them to rot in pakistani madarsasRecommend

  • Someone
    Dec 21, 2010 - 10:12PM

    @Cautious…..I dont know what world you live in mate, but if Pakistan cuts of all the supply routes, support and funding it currently provides to NATO in Afghanistan, the Americans wouldnt even last a week, forget the warRecommend

  • Imtiaz
    Dec 21, 2010 - 11:02PM

    The way they are doing right now? or any better…Recommend

  • Rehan
    Dec 22, 2010 - 2:31AM

    @someone, the corrupt pakistani leadership doesn’t have the guts to do it. US will cut all the global aid for the country and it won’t survive even a day forget about a week. think and think againRecommend

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