COAS says US, Pakistan have ‘different long-term goals’ in Afghanistan
Daily Times Monitor
LAHORE: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Kayani has strongly rejected allegations that Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency – the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) – is pursuing double standards in the war on terror, reported a private TV channel on Wednesday.
Addressing senior journalists in Kakool, Gen Kayani said that Pakistan Army had made more sacrifices than the coalition forces in the war on terrorism. He said Pakistan and the US had “different long-term goals” in Afghanistan.
Kayani said more than 2,000 officers and soldiers had been killed and 6,000 injured in the restive tribal belt. He said 73 intelligence officials had also been killed in the war on terror in Pakistan, while 11 had been killed in Afghanistan.
The COAS said huge quantities of arms and ammunition had been seized from Swat over the last two-and-a-half months in search-and-clearance operations.