'Walking Away from Pak Would be Counterproductive'

From Lalit K Jha

Washington, June 16 (PTI) Amidst growing demand from US lawmakers about becoming tough with Pakistan after the killing of Osama bin Laden in the country, a top Pentagon official today warned that walking away from Islamabad at this point of time could backfire.

"We are in the midst, and have been, of trying to, in the middle of this war, with threats that they have in their territory, trying to build a relationship that was badly broken when we left the last time, when we terminated our relationship with them in the late '80s and early '90s. And we are back," Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a Congressional hearing.

"It is actually my belief that if we were to do that again, it may not be five years or 10 years, but we'll be back in a much more difficult situation.


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