Admiral Mullen Pledges Respect For Pakistan

Admiral Mike Mullen, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Pakistan colleagues his nation was committed to a policy which respects the territorial integrity of Pakistan even as President Zardari and military leaders made it plain to the visiting American their intention to fight against any further US military attacks on their soil. It was made clear to Mullen that Islamabad would not compromise on the issue of national sovereignty and wanted an end to American ground and missile attacks. The US embassy issued a statement that said: “Admiral Mullen reiterated US commitment to respect Pakistani’s sovereignty and to develop further US-Pakistan cooperation and co-ordination on these critical issues that challenge the security and well-being of the people of both countries.” Sources indicate there was a blunt exchange between Mullen and Pakistani military leaders.

Within a few hours after the American embassy statement was released there was a new report of a US missile attack in South Waziristan which resulted in the death of about six people. American sources claim the attack with co-ordinated with Pakistan military officials.

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