Yankee go home!
"We don't need unnecessary people here. They cause problems for us instead of being helpful," said a Pakistani security official who declined to be identified. He said the withdrawal might start by early June.
Another Pakistani security official said the decision was made because of concerns over the Americans' security and because "resentment all around was very high." (Reuters)
Pakistan finds a new best friend
During Gilani's visit, China gave indications of how it is willing to underwrite Pakistan's sovereignty and stability. According to a May 19, 2011, Pakistani daily report, "China... warned in unequivocal terms that any attack on Pakistan would be construed as an attack on China..." The report, citing highly placed diplomatic sources in Beijing, noted: "Beijing has advised Washington to respect Pakistan's sovereignty... and this was formally conveyed to the United States at last week's China-U.S. strategic dialogue and economic talks." (MEMRI)
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