KABUL - US President Barack Obama has said a raid similar to the one on Bin Laden compound would be carried out if a top Al-Qaeda or Taliban leader was found in Pakistan.
President Obama has told the BBC in an exclusive interview that the US was respectful of Pakistani au thority and sovereignty but added that no active plans would be allowed to come to fruition without the US taking some action.
"We are very respectful of the sovereignty of Pakistan. But we cannot allow someone who is actively planning to kill our people or our allies' people, President Obama has said.
Pakistan had welcomed the killing of Osama Bin Laden as a step forward against militancy, it described the raid as a violation of sovereignty. What strained relations between Pakistan and the US was the fact that Pakistan had not been informed in advance about the US raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound in the garrison town of Abbottabad.
US officials said they had not informed Pakistan in advance over fears that the mission would be jeopardized.
After Osama Bin Laden was shot dead on May 2, Pakistan faced tough questions from the US over how the al-Qaeda leader managed to live near Islamabad for several years without being detected.
Pakistani officials dismissed allegations of complicity in hiding the al-Qaeda leader and called on the US not to repeat unilateral action on Pakistani territory. (Tolo News)