Admiral Mike Mullen, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was pleased the new Pakistan govenment was prepared to advance new political, economic and military ideas. “I think we need to be m indful that this is a new governmnt, new leadership, and certainly could have new directions.” Mullen expressed hope the American government recognized the new configuration in place in Pakistan and is prepared to work closely with its leaders. Meanwhile in Pakistan, Prime Minister Gillani met with Pakistan military leaders to discuss his ideas for a new comprehensive strategy “based on political enggment, economic development and backed by credible military” forces.
It is apparent the new Pakistan government is prepared to place as much importance on political and economic relations with militants as it does on military. This might eventually result in conflict with the United States since the Bush administration is more focused on military resources.