Insists Civilian Govt Maintains Confidence in ISI
The move comes as repeated Pakistani demands for the US to stop launching unilateral drone attacks have fallen on deaf ears, and in the wake of repeated escalations of the strikes. The Shamsi Air Base has been under the operational control of the United Arab Emirates since the 1990s.
US officials have repeatedly downplayed the seriousness of losing Pakistani support for the drone strikes, saying they could just as easily launch the attacks on Pakistan’s tribal areas from neighboring Afghanistan. Continuing to do so is likely to have serious consequences for US-Pakistan relations, however, which Mukhtar confirmed have grown steadily worse since the Abbotabad raid.
Still, Mukhtar defended the military and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, despite US allegations that the two are secretly in league with militant factions. He insisted that the Zardari government has full confidence in both,