| GEO World|
| US cancelled Maj Gen Hood posting in Pakistan|
| Updated at: 1145 PST, Friday, May 09, 2008|
WASHINGTON: The United States has agreed not to post the controversial ex-Guantanamo Bay prison chief, Maj-Gen Jay W. Hood, in Pakistan after a public uproar in the country against his appointment.
Gen Hood, whose tenure as the commanding general of Guantanamo Bay prison was marred by scandals of sacrilege of Holy Quran and human rights violations of the inmates during detention and interrogation, was posted by Pentagon in March as the chief of office of the US Defence Representative in Pakistan, a division of the US embassy.
The decision to withdraw General Hood’s assignment has not been announced, but it appears to reflect the widening shadow that the military prison at Guantánamo is casting over American foreign policy. While the United States considers Pakistan a close ally in its counterterrorism efforts, the accounts by Pakistanis who have returned to Pakistan after being held at Guantánamo Bay have added to anti-American sentiment in the country.