Pakistan Calls For U.S. To Reduce Military Presence The decision is an apparent protest of the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The question of how he could have gone undetected has embarrassed Pakistan's military. The army has also come under criticism at home for not preventing an operation viewed by many as a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty.
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Pakistan Calls For U.S. To Reduce Military Presence

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Pakistan Calls For U.S. To Reduce Military Presence

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MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

From Islamabad, NPR's Julie McCarthy reports.

JULIE MCCARTHY: In a written statement today, the army admitted shortcomings in developing intelligence on the presence of bin Laden in Pakistan. Pakistan's foreign secretary, Salman Bashir, also told a news conference speculation that elements within Pakistan's CIA counterpart, the ISI, were providing cover to bin Laden was absolutely wrong.

SALMAN BASHIR: In fact - and this is what has been admitted even by the United States government - that some of the leaks that led to the identification of this particular place resulted from the information-sharing between the ISI by CIA.

MCCARTHY: It also warned archrival India, which might be tempted to emulate the U.S., that any misadventure would meet a strong response. Again Foreign Secretary Bashir.

BASHIR: Make no mistake: The nation as a whole and our state institutions are determined to uphold our sovereignty and to safeguard our security.

MCCARTHY: Former Air Vice Marshal Shahzad Chaudhry says the Pakistan army is deeply frustrated by the way the Americans have disregarded what he says is a clear understanding that operations on Pakistan's territory must be done by Pakistani forces.

SHAHZAD CHAUDHRY: Here, the U.S. military violates that particular red line, so to say, or the understanding that has existed and perhaps ends up embarrassing Pakistan to the utmost.

MCCARTHY: Julie McCarthy, NPR News, Islamabad.

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