Pakistan has warned the United States and other countries that they will face serious consequences from its military in the event they stage any more unauthorized raids like the one that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden.
The Pakistani Foreign Minister Salman Bashir, said there shall no be any doubt that any repetition of such an act will have disastrous consequences. We feel that that sort of misadventure or miscalculation would result in a terrible catastrophe.”
Speaking in the capital city of Islamabad, Bashir added: There should be no doubt Pakistan has adequate capacity to ensure its own defense.
There is apparently much anger in Pakistani political circles over the commando raid by US Navy SEALs which was carried out without the knowledge of Pakistani officials.
The chief of the US Central Intelligence Agency, Leon Panetta, has already admitted that he didn’t trust Pakistani figures when planning the raid on Osama’s compound. Rumors have abounded that Pakistan’s intelligence authorities have been in close contact with terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda.
Separately, the Pakistan military said it wants the U.S. government to reduce its military personnel in the country and also threatened to review its cooperation agreement with the Americans in the event they engineer another raid like the one that killed Osama.
General Ashfaq Kayani, Pakistan’s army chief made it very clear that any similar action violating the sovereignty will warrant a review of military, intelligence cooperation with the US,” according to a statement by the military.
Kayani is reportedly planning a conference with his top commanders to review the situation in Pakistan following the unexpected assassination of Osama.
Nonetheless, Pakistan’s foreign ministry has condemned the assault on Osama as violation of the country's sovereignty and an unauthorized unilateral action.”
Meanwhile, Hilary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, said her country will remain allies with Pakistan, despite all the questions and suspicions.
It is not always an easy relationship, you know that, she said in Rome. But, on the other hand, it is a productive one for both our countries and we are going to continue to cooperate between our governments, our militaries, our law-enforcement agencies, but most importantly between the American and Pakistani people.