US strikes on Pakistan would be 'dangerous'

Islamabad warned on Monday that any US military action on its soil would be "dangerous and irresponsible", amid repeated statements from Washington that it would not rule out military force to eliminate al-Qaeda hideouts in Pakistan.

US strikes on Pakistan would be 'dangerous'
Islamabad warned on Monday that any US military action on its soil would be "dangerous and irresponsible", amid repeated statements from Washington that it would not rule out military force to eliminate al-Qaeda hideouts in Pakistan.

"We have stated in the clearest terms that any attack inside our territory would be unacceptable," Pakistani Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam told reporters adding that "such action would be deeply resented in the tribal areas and generally in Pakistan."

US intelligence chief Mike McConnell said Sunday his country would "use all instruments at disposal" to act against al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden who he believed was alive and being sheltered in Pakistan's tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

Pakistan has "absolutely no such information" that bin Laden was in Pakistan, Aslam said, and urged the US officials to share "actionable" information with Islamabad in this regard instead of speculating on his whereabouts.

"If the US or any other country has any concrete information to share, they share with us, we will take action. It is not sufficient to say that I think Osama bin Laden is alive and is present in this part of the country or that part of the country," she said.

The spokeswoman reassured Islamabad's commitment to combating terrorism but called upon Washington to avoid such statements that would be "counterproductive to create an impression of any divergences or differences on the issue of counter-terrorism."


DPA

Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Temmuz 2007, 11:00
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