Pakistan likely to “get divorce from rude ally” US: Top defence official

Lahore, May 13(ANI): Pakistan is most likely to "get a divorce from its rude ally"- the United States, senior defence officials have said.

Pakistan's relations with the US are severely strained since Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed on May 2 in a top-secret operation involving a small team of US Special Forces in Abbottabad.

US lawmakers say it defies logic that bin Laden was able to hide in plain sight without some level of official Pakistani knowledge or complicity.

A senior Pakistani official familiar with the developments taking place in the backdrop of the killing of bin Laden said that trust is the key to successful relations.

"When you lose trust, you may lose relationship. Respectable separation is far better than disregarded relations," The Nation quoted the official, as saying.

Referring to the US mindset depicted in a recent media report titled 'Obama ordered troops to fight their way out of Pakistan', he said: "It shows the level of brinkmanship adopted by US President [Barack] Obama," adding that it also shows how quickly America can turn an ally into an enemy.

"For them, there is hardly any respect for the sovereignty of other countries. In this particular case, if Pakistan would have shown any reaction, it might have resulted into a war between Pakistan and the US. We must revisit our policy," the official said.

He also revealed that the political leadership had several viable options under consideration to safeguard its national interest and sovereignty.

"We cannot keep quiet any more. We have to decide in accordance with the wishes of the people of Pakistan," he stated, adding, "Pakistan has strong democratic set-up right now. So, they (politicians) can convey their point of view to the world comfortably."

Responding to a question, he said that the military's in-camera briefing to the joint sitting of Parliament on Abbottabad operation on Friday was arranged to share ground realities with the political leadership.

"It was more than an eye-opener for them. It will help them move in the right direction," he added.

This is the first time that a top official has discussed the Pakistan-US relations as a 'forced-marriage', the report said.

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