The drone program, although rarely acknowledged by America and repeatedly condemned by Pakistan, is credited with killing a series of high-profile targets.As far as drone attacks are concerned, Army has repeatedly conveyed to all concerned that these are not acceptable under any circumstances. There is no room for ambiguity in this regard. Government is making necessary efforts in this direction
Senior Pakistani army officers released a statement riddled with anti-American rhetoric and threatening action against the drones.
Kayani is under pressure
An American newspaper reported that Pakistani COAS was under pressure to review ties with the US.
According to New York Times, Pakistan’s army chief was under pressure from his colleagues to review relation with the US after Abbotabad operation.
The newspaper further reports that General Kayani explained to Levin Panetta last week that CIA would not be let free hand anymore in Pakistan.
Hostility between the two countries grows more intense – and more open – day by day.
American double game
American think Post-Kayani Could Nuke U.S. Policy in Pakistan
“You have developed, of course, a personal relationship with General Kayani,” the reporter prefaces. “Are you concerned that he may be headed out the door? And what would be the meaning for the military cooperation with Pakistan if he were no longer in the picture?”the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs responds cooly and collectedly, “From my perspective, nothing's changed in terms of the criticality of the relationship, which is one of the reasons that I've worked it so hard. And certainly, I have a very strong personal relationship with General Kayani, and I consider him a friend. But it's not just the personal relationship, because I have a very strong professional relationship. Nor is mine the only relationship in our military-to-military relationship between the two countries.”
General Ashfaq Kayani, Pakistan’s Army Chief of Staff, is under domestic fire for being too friendly with Washington. Clearly Mullen isn’t the only Pentagon official with relationships across Pakistan’s military, a fact that has nothing to do with the question at hand. Mullen is already on the way out, to resign in September.
The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.-Abraham Lincoln
Panetta Close ties with Pakistan are also critical due to the necessity of securing that country's nuclear arsenal,Pakistan’s nuclear weapons remained a concern because of “the danger that those nukes could wind up in the wrong hands.”
Gates compiled a short list of reasons to stay in the region - namely regional stability - the ongoing Chairman echoed his remarks before ending on Washington’s obsession of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal. Perhaps regional stability includes the well-being of Afghans and Pakistanis, but Gates and Mullen never actually clarify local populaces as their primary motivation to stay.
“I would just re-emphasize the last point,” Mullen says after Gates brings up nuclear weapons. “It's a country with an awful lot of terrorists on that border. Obviously the links that we've got with -- in the Afghanistan-Pakistan campaign, if you will, which is what it's been for me from the beginning -- it's not about one country or another; it's about the region. And those things that I fear in the future, it's the -- it's the proliferation of that technology and it's the opportunity and the potential that it could fall into the hands of terrorists, many of whom are alive and well and seek that in that region. And that's of great interest, I think, to our country and certainly to the rest of the world.”
Gates and Mullen claim to have no regrets of their relationship with Pakistan’s military, they should have nothing but regrets in relation to the Pakistani people.