“We are not in a position to undertake an operation at this point.”
Great. When will you be in control of your country again so we can pencil that in on our calendar? More on this story. “Officials: No action against Haqqani network by Pakistan military,” from CNN, September 26:
Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — The Pakistani Army has decided not to take action against the Haqqani network for the time being despite a fresh wave of intense pressure from Washington for a military offensive against the Pakistani-based militant group, two military officials told CNN on Monday.
The decision was made by senior Pakistani generals on Sunday in an impromptu meeting called by Pakistan’s army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, the officials said.
The military has decided not to target the Haqqani network because the army is stretched too thin with several other operations against militants in northwest Pakistan, one of the officials said. “We are not in a position to undertake an operation at this point,” he said.
The meeting of Pakistan’s top generals comes days after the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, accused Pakistan’s top intelligence agency of supporting the Haqqani network and its attacks against U.S. targets in Afghanistan, including the attack two weeks ago on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.
Mullen’s statement has further ratcheted up tensions between Islamabad and Washington and sparked a bitter war of words.
“The allegation of Pakistan’s involvement in the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul is just a conspiracy against us,” one of the officials said. […]
[Pakistani Prime Minister] Gilani has instructed Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to forcefully project Pakistan’s point of view when she addresses the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, according to a statement from Gilani’s office.