Pakistan Army Rails Against US Ties

Relations between US and Pakistani security forces hit nadir
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2011 10:46 AM CDT
Pakistan Army Rails Against US Ties
Admiral Michael Mullen, left, the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff arrives in Multan, Pakistan with Pakistan's army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, center, Sept. 2, 2010.   (AP Photo/Khalid Tanveer)

The US-Pakistan security alliance has deteriorated so badly that Pakistani officers actually jeered top general Ashfaq Kayani at a town-hall-style meeting last month, demanding to know why Pakistan still supports US policy, officials tell the Washington Post. That kind of open criticism “is something no Pakistani military commander has ever had to face before,” according to one US official; another said Kayani “is fighting to survive.”

“His corps commanders are very strongly anti-US right now, so he has to appease them,” the official said. The US has grievances too; yesterday, lawmakers pressed Robert Gates and Mike Mullen on the matter, expressing outrage over reports that Pakistan had arrested several Pakistanis who had helped the CIA gather intelligence on Osama bin Laden. Mullen urged calm, while Gates offered a blunt assessment of the situation. “Most governments lie to each other,” he said. “That’s the way business gets done.” (Read more US-Pakistan relations stories.)

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