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Friday
Dec232011

Pakistan Military Rescinds Invitation to CENTCOM Chief

Photos. com/George Doyle/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Pakistan’s military has rescinded an invitation to CENTCOM Chief Gen. James Mattis to unveil in person the results of the investigation into the death of 24 Pakistani soldiers, according to a senior Pakistani military official and a senior U.S. official.

Instead, Pakistan’s army is asking for the report in written form and will respond to it then. Mattis had been scheduled to brief the Pakistanis on Christmas Eve.

This comes right in the middle of the largest political crisis in Pakistan since Asif Zardari became president in September of 2008.

The weak civilian government and the powerful army appear to be on a collision course and the fate of the Zardari government is at stake.

In an unprecedented statement, the prime minister said he will no longer tolerate the army and the ISI being a “state within a state” and subjecting the civilians to “slavery.”

In response, Army Chief Kayani issued a statement “dispel[ling] the speculations of any military takeover and said that these are misleading and are being used as a bogey to divert the focus from the real issues.”

The real issue, from the army’s perspective is the utter incompetence of the civilian government.

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Friday
Dec022011

Pakistan Not Participating in Airstrikes Inquiry

NATO(WASHINGTON) -- Centcom’s investigation into the NATO airstrikes on Pakistani checkpoints is underway, but Pakistan has declined to participate in the investigation.  When Centcom’s Gen. James Mattis announced the probe on Monday he said that Afghanistan and Pakistan would be invited to attend. On Friday, Pentagon Press Secertary George Little confirmed that for now Pakistan has declined the invitation to participate in the inquiry.
 
In a joint Pentagon news conference with fellow spokesman Captain John Kirby, Little said, “The Pakistanis have certainly been invited to join
the investigation.  We believe their participation would be important as we look into this tragic incident.  They have elected, to date, not to participate, but we would welcome their participation.”
 
Little stressed how important the cooperation is between the two countries despite “the bumps in the road” of the past few months (that would be the bin Laden raid fallout and this latest incident), “but we're going to work very hard to work with our Pakistani counterparts to get over this latest bump in the road.”
 
Kirby said that without a doubt the border airstrikes had created a “chilling effect” in the relationship between the U.S. and Pakistani militaries.
 
Little reiterated again “in the strongest possible terms, that this was not in any way, shape or form an intentional attack by the United States military
on Pakistan.”
 
Predictably both limited their answers on the actual incident itself citing the ongoing Centcom investigation. Kirby said, “What we aren't going to do is get into fixing blame or fault right now.  There's an investigation going on.  We need to let that investigation proceed, let the facts take us where they may and, as George said, we certainly continue to invite the Pakistanis to
participate in that investigation.”

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