Logan: Pakistan has U.S. "blood on its hands"

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Pakistan's government has argued for almost a decade that it is doing everything in its power to fight extremist groups on its soil.

CBS News senior foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan says that's quite simply a lie.

Logan says the Pakistanis have proven effective at targeting and killing Islamic militants inside their own territory, launching a battery of offensives against various Taliban factions and other groups.

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But that success has been largely limited to groups which aim to destroy the Pakistani government. Military action devoted primarily to serving its own interest, in other words.

"This is an argument they made successfully in the last 10 years. The reason they're able to get away with so much," Logan said Tuesday on the Early Show -- the day after Osama bin Laden was killed in an elaborate compound in a town where thousands of Pakistani soldiers are trained every year.

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Other groups, including networks linked to the Taliban -- some of which were created explicitly by the nation's security agencies and which have broader anti-Western and anti-U.S. aspirations -- are given too much freedom, says Logan.

"If you walk in Arlington Cemetery, past the fresh graves of American soldiers coming back from the field over there, Pakistan has some of the blood on its hands. They need to answer for that."

"Clearly they're not doing everything they can," said Logan. "And more importantly, they're not going to do everything that counts."

The raid on bin Laden's family compound in Abbottabad left Pakistan "caught with their pants" said Logan. "They're in hot water. They know it."

Pakistan's leader insists his government had no idea bin Laden was hiding right under the noses of his own military and intelligence agencies.

On Tuesday, senior U.S. and Afghan diplomats met Pakistan's foreign secretary in Islamabad. The three men gave a news conference to show solidarity, and express hope for even greater cooperation going forward.

"As diplomatic as the U.S. has been publicly, you can bet it's been a different story behind the scenes," said Logan.

  • Tucker Reals

    Tucker Reals is the CBSNews.com foreign editor, based at the CBS News London bureau.

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