US should not have violated Pak sovereignty: Gilani
Facing all round attack over the US secret operation that killed Osama bin Laden, Pakistan has fired a salvo at Washington saying it should not have taken a shortcut and bypassed Islamabad, violating the country's sovereignty.Updated: May 08, 2011 23:31 IST
Facing all round attack over the US secret operation that killed Osama bin Laden, Pakistan has fired a salvo at Washington saying it should not have taken a shortcut and bypassed Islamabad, violating the country's sovereignty.
Islamabad has also made it clear that it will take "some time" for biletaral ties between the US and Pakistan to normalise.
The Pakistan establishment has come under stinging criticism in the wake of the unilateral US action as also for its claim that it had no knowledge of the al Qaeda chief's presence in Abbotabad.
"There was no need to (for the US to take) a shortcut or to bypass Pakistan," Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told reporters who accompanied him on an official visit to France.
In view of the long-standing relations with the US, Pakistan's sovereignty should not have been violated, he said.
Reacting to Monday's operation by US special forces inside Pakistani territory, Gilani said the issue of violation of sovereignty was a matter of concern for the country, particularly in view of the cooperation with the US in intelligence and defence.
He said relations with the US had seen many ups and downs in the past, including the incident of CIA contractor Raymond Davis, who was arrested after he killed two men in Lahore, and the killing of bin Laden.
Bin Laden was killed along with his son, two al-Qaeda couriers and a woman during the pre-dawn raid by US forces on a compound located a short distance from the Pakistan Military Academy in Abbottabad, 80 kms from the federal capital Islamabad.
Gilani had earlier sought to deflect criticism of his government's failure to detect bin Laden by describing it as an "intelligence failure of the whole world".
During the interaction with reporters who accompanied him to France, Gilani said US President Barack Obama had acknowledged Pakistan's contribution in the war on terrorism and ongoing intelligence-sharing between the two countries.
Asked about the difference of opinion in various quarters of the government regarding the US military operation against bin Laden, Gilani said he would make a policy statement in the Senate or upper house of parliament.