Pakistan army says U.S. media reports "direct attack"

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 09, 2011 12:28 PM
Pakistan army says U.S. media reports "direct attack"

By Sheree Sardar

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Jul (Reuters) - Recent reports from the New York Times criticizing the Pakistan army and its powerful intelligence agency are a "direct attack" on Pakistan's security, the army spokesman said on Saturday in an interview with Reuters.

In a wide-ranging interview, Major General Athar Abbas, the Pakistan army's chief spokesman, repeatedly criticized the Times' reporting and said it was part of a calculated plan by the United States to "weaken the state."

"This is a direct attack on our security organization and intelligence agencies," he said. "We consider ISI as a strategic intelligence organization, the first line of our defense."

"This whole reporting through media, quoting unnamed officials, anonymous sources, is part of a design to undermine the authority and the power of the organization in order to weaken the state."

(Writing by Chris Allbritton; Editing by Kevin Liffey)