No boots on our ground, Pak warns

No boots on our ground, Pak warns

Rehman Malik also rejected US allegations that Pakistan’s intelligence agency aids or has ties with the Haqqani network.

“The Pakistan nation will not allow the boots on our ground, never. Our government is already cooperating with the US... but they also must respect our sovereignty,” he said in an interview, insisting that Islamabad wanted US intelligence, not troops, to root out insurgents inside Pakistan.

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, this week accused Pakistan’s ISI of using the Haqqani network to wage a “proxy war” on Nato and Afghan troops in Afghanistan.

On charges that the ISI directed the Haqqani network to carry out the attack on US embassy in Kabul, Malik said: “If you say that ISI is involved, I categorically deny it. We have no such policy to attack or aid attack through Pakistani forces.”

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