Pakistan: "Different Priorities…"

Pakistan balks at pursuing anti-U.S. Muslim extremist groups

News&Observer – SAEED SHAH

Surprised, anybody? “Different Priorities:”

Despite growing U.S. military losses in Afghanistan, Pakistan still refuses to target the extremist groups on its soil that are the biggest threat to the American-led mission there, the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan told McClatchy Newspapers.

Pakistan breeds terrorists

Eight years after Washington and Islamabad agreed to fight the Taliban and al-Qaida, Pakistan has “different priorities” from the U.S., Anne Patterson said in a recent interview. Pakistan is “certainly reluctant to take action” against the leadership of the Afghan insurgency.

Anne_W_Patterson Anne W. Patterson, without hijab. She served as a US State Department Economic Officer and Counselor to Saudi Arabia from 1984 to 1988 and then as a Political Counselor at the United States Mission to the United Nations in Geneva from 1988 to 1991.

* Just wondering why the US deploys a female ambassador to Pakistan, where females don’t count for much… ah yes, don’t mention Benazir Bhutto….

As the war in Afghanistan becomes more brutal – and as its political and popular support wanes in the U.S. – Pakistan’s refusal to act in support of American goals is undermining the U.S. effort to deny al-Qaida and other extremist groups a sanctuary in Afghanistan. Read it all>>


Pakistani Police Raid U.S. Contractor

Local Security Firm Hired to Protect Embassy in Islamabad Allegedly Had Dozens of Unlicensed Firearms

AP: Pakistani police raided a local security firm that helps protect the U.S. Embassy on Saturday, seizing dozens of allegedly unlicensed weapons at a time when unusually intense media scrutiny of America’s use of private contractors has deepened anti-U.S. sentiment here.

Two employees of the Inter-Risk company were arrested during the raids in Islamabad, police official Rana Akram told a news conference. Reporters were shown the disputed weapons – 61 assault rifles and nine pistols. Akram said police were seeking the firm’s owner.

In particular, Pakistani reporters, anti-U.S. bloggers and others have suggested the U.S. is using the American firm formerly known as Blackwater – a claim that chills many Pakistanis because of the company’s alleged involvement in killings of Iraqi civilians.

The U.S. Embassy denies it uses Blackwater – now known as Xe Services – in Pakistan, More>>


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