Friday, March 06, 2009


Pak is playing game with America: Ex US intelligence officer

Lalit K Jha
Washington, Mar 5 (PTI) Pakistan has been "playing game with the US" at least when it comes to the war against terrorism, cross border terrorism and Kashmir, a former top US intelligence officer has said.

Testifying before a Congressional panel on Afghanistan and Pakistan, Paul R Pillar, the former National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia, said Pakistan simply shows to the US that it is going against the terrorists, while in reality it is not.

"The Pakistanis are very adept at playing these sorts of games with foreign governments -- including us -- in doing just enough to keep us satisfied while doing other things that if we knew everything that was going on, we'd be dissatisfied with," he said.

"This is the same thing that's taken place for years with regard to their activity in Kashmir and the cross-border operations," said Pillar, who is now visiting professor and director of studies, Security Studies Program, Georgetown University.

The Congressional hearing on "Afghanistan and Pakistan: Understanding a Complex Theater Environment" was convened by the National Security and Foreign Affairs Sub Committee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. PTI


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