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ISPR denies Pak daily report on ISI warning to CIA

September 28, 2011 - Rawalpindi

A spokesman of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has rejected the story published in a section of the press captioned " Pakistan will be forced to retaliate" ,CIA chief told.

In a press release that appears on the ISPR web site, the spokesman said that "the contents of the story and remarks attributed to DG ISI are factually incorrect and misleading. Media should refrain from speculative reporting on such sensitive issues related to national security."

ISI warns CIA that Pak will be forced to retaliate if US launches tribal belt strikes

Earlier, the Express Tribune had reported that Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) Chief Lt General Ahmed Shuja Pasha had told Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) chief General (retired) David Petraeus that Pakistan would be forced to retaliate if American forces attempt to launch a unilateral strike on his country's tribal belt.

Pasha is said to have conveyed this stern message to Petraeus during a visit to Washington.

The Express Tribune quoted an official familiar with the interaction, as saying that there was need for diplomacy and calmer heads to prevail at a time of fragile relations between Pakistan and the United States.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Express Tribune that Pasha had informed his counterpart that the Pakistani people will not tolerate any US misadventure and in that case the government will be left with no other option but to retaliate.

Senior ISI members, the official said, had felt 'betrayed' by the blunt assessment of the US Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen that the spy agency had links with the Afghan Taliban-allied Haqqani network.

In a stinging remark, Mullen accused ISI of supporting one of the most feared Afghan insurgent groups to target US forces stationed in Afghanistan.


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