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The Statesman

Published Date: May 17, 2011

EXPERTS CONCERNED OVER US FORCES? UNILATERAL OPERATION IN ABBOTTABAD

Experts especially defence analysts here at a seminar on Monday in expressed serious concern over the US forces’ unilateral operation in Abbotabad on May 2, saying, that it n brought embarrassment for Pakistan. They, said the time had come to review the ‘foreign policy and revisit our role in war against terrorism and termed the last two weeks very crucial” in history of Pakistan.

They were of the view’ that briefing the Parliamentarians on the Abbotabad Operation was a good initia­tive of the democratic gov­ernment and military leader­ship.

However, the masses should also have been taken into confidence by telling them a true story and show complete picture of the entire episode as wars were never fought alone by army rather public always played important role in triumphs.

The seminar titled “War on Terror: Post-Osama Regime was organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in which renowned security and defence analyst Lt. Gen (r) Q Talat Masood, Chairman of Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad Dr. Rifaat S. Hussain, former ambassador Tariq Fatemi and SDPI Executive Director Dr. Abdi Suleri gave their expert opinion on the situa­tion emerging after the Abbottabad operation.

They spoke on different aspects of the May 2 inci­dent and its after-effects on Pakistan’s international rela­tions as well as domestic politics. .

In the coming days, the experts predicted that the US would try to “confront” Pak­istan with documentary evi­dences about presence of AI Qaeda’s top leader Osama Bin Laden here.

They said US would put more pressure on Pakistan so there was a need to take the whole nation into confidence to tackle the issue in a more effective manner. – APP