Tuesday, May 10, 2011

U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Summoned To Foreign Office

Ambassador Cameron Munter was summoned to the Foreign Office as Pakistan decided to formally lodge a protest, ten days later, against the operation conducted by US forces to kill Osama bin Laden.

Munter was reportedly told by Foreign Affairs Secretary Salman Bashir that the US operation on Pakistan’s soil was an attack on the country’s security and sovereignty.

Lodging a complaint with the US ambassador, Bashir said Pakistan ‘will not tolerate’ any such operation or violation of its airspace in the future, sources told DawnNews.

While he termed the death of bin Laden a success, Bashir said Pakistan should have been taken into confidence on the operation.

Meanwhile, the US ambassador underlined the need of improved relations between the two countries but demanded a clarification on the al Qaeda leader’s presence in Abbottabad.

The violation of Pakistani airspace was regretted by Munter, who went on to say that the act was inevitable to capture the world’s most wanted terrorist.

Pakistan’s reservations, the ambassador said, would be conveyed to the US administrations.

Source: Dawn News

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