Pakistan would not tolerate any incursion on its territory by U.S. forces targeting militant groups, the country’s interior minister said on Thursday, calling for Washington to provide the intelligence Islamabad needs to take them out itself.
Rehman Malik also rejected U.S. allegations that Pakistan’s intelligence agency aids or has ties with the Taliban-allied Haqqani Network, a powerful guerrilla group that straddles the mountainous border areas between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“The Pakistan nation will not allow the boots on our ground, never. Our government is already cooperating with the U.S. … but they also must respect our sovereignty,” he told Reuters in an interview, insisting that Islamabad wanted U.S. intelligence, not troops, to root out insurgents inside Pakistan.
Source: John Chalmers and Michael Georgy for Reuters.