On GPS this week at 10a.m. ET/PT on CNN, Fareed Zakaria examines Washington’s most vexing foreign policy headache: Pakistan.
First, Admiral Michael Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff sits down for his final TV interview in uniform. Mullen steps down at 12:01am on Saturday. He tells Fareed why he thinks Pakistan’s military has links with the deadly Haqqani group. Mullen also talks about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He explains why the debt is our biggest national security risk and describes his best day ever on the job?
What is Pakistan’s response? Fareed also speaks with Hina Rabbani Khar. She is Pakistan’s new Foreign Minister - the youngest person and first woman to hold that position. Below is an excerpt from the discussion where she strongly denies links between Pakistan's military and the Haqqani group.
Hina Rabbani Khar: We feel that public recrimination of any sort—of any sort at all is not the answer. We feel that we are allies in this effort - in this very, very large effort. This is very, very daunting. This is very challenging. And we seem very strongly, as I said before, that we need to engage more, rather than disengage. Public recrimination should not be the answer.
Fareed Zakaria: But clearly Admiral Mullen felt that his private conversations were not going anywhere. Otherwise he wouldn't have taken this very unusual step. I've known these things for years. Clearly, there is some level of frustration in the U.S. government at the fact that these ties continue, and seem to actually be directed increasingly at Americans.
Hina Rabbani Khar: We strongly deny that. We feel that this is completely incorrect. That this is what could be called, you know, a biased statement. We feel that we are the ones who have reacted the most. We are the ones who have sacrificed the most. We are the ones who are fighting it on the ground on the daily basis.
Catch that interview and more on GPS Sunday 10a.m. ET/PT on CNN.