NEW YORK - The tough statement by Pakistan Army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani against the U.S. raid inside Pakistan has brought into the open the increasing mistrust between the Americans and the Pakistanis over how to handle the Taliban and al-Qaeda forces in the tribal areas, according to The New York Times. In a dispatch from Islamabad, correspondent Jane Perlez also said that Gen. Kayani's warning on Wednesday seemed to call into question the extent of his cooperation and that of Pakistan's army. "When General Kayani took over as chief of the army in November, American officials spoke highly of him and were counting on him to be their ally in much the same way, perhaps even to a greater degree, as President Pervez Musharraf had been," The Times' correspondent said. Gen. Kayani's warning came a day after the swearing in of President Asif Ali Zardari, and was interpreted as "a swift repudiation of Mr. Zardari, who is widely viewed as being pro-American," the newspaper said. General Kayani met last month with top American military commanders, including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, and Gen. David Petraeus, who will soon take over as head of the United States military's Central Command, on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln. Alluding to that session, General Kayani said he had told the Americans of the "complexity" of the situation with the militants. In another jibe at the Americans, according to the newspaper, General Kayani said public support was necessary in finding a solution. He called the commando action "reckless." "While Mr. Zardari has said he understands the scourge of terrorism and wants to defeat it, most Pakistanis are opposed to American raids in their territory," The Times said. "Moreover, General Kayani's statement made clear the tentativeness of his relations with Mr. Zardari, whose political party has traditionally had a difficult relationship with the army". A senior Pakistani politician, who was not named in The Times report, was cited as saying that General Kayani's statement amounted to an opening salvo against Zardari. The general was also responding to unease in the ranks of the Pakistani military after the session on the American carrier, he said. "He is reflecting massive internal pressure," the politician said of General Kayani's statement. "He had a jarring meeting with the Yanks who told him that attacks are going to increase manifold. He doesn't want to take the blame for these attacks. The statement is saying, 'Watch out, trouble ahead, and I am not part of it.' " Describing the anger in the Pakistani Army over the American raid, a senior Pakistani official with responsibility for national security told The Times that the raid was particularly "stupid" because it lacked a serious target. The political impact of the ground raid was compounded by airstrikes by American remotely piloted drones in the tribal area on three subsequent days, the dispatch said.