September 23rd, 2011
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Pak lashes out at US

Hina-Rabbani-KharKarachi: US has tested Pakistan’s patience. Pakistan lashed out at the U.S. for accusing ISI of supporting extremist attacks against American troops in Afghanistan. This is considered to be the most serious allegations against Islamabad since the beginning of the Afghan war.

Pak Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has hit back at US claiming they want to stay in equality with America. Gilani responded to the US criticism by saying Washington was in a tough spot. “They can’t live with us. They can’t live without us,” Gilani told reporters Friday in the southern city of Karachi. “So, I would say to them that if they can’t live without us, they should increase contacts with us to remove misunderstandings.”

Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar dismissed the claims as mere allegations. She warned the U.S. that it risked losing Pakistan as an ally and could not afford to alienate the Pakistani government or its people.”If they are choosing to do so, it will be at their own cost,” Khar told Geo TV on Thursday from New York City, where she is attending a U.N. General Assembly meeting. “Anything which is said about an ally, about a partner publicly to recriminate it, to humiliate it is not acceptable.” Khar’s comments were first aired in Pakistan on Friday.

The foreign minister spoke after Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, accused Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency of supporting the Haqqani insurgent network in planning and executing the assault on the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan last week and a truck bomb that wounded 77 American soldiers days earlier.

He had also declared that the U.S. had credible information that Haqqani extremists, with help from the ISI, were responsible for the June 28 attack on the Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul and other small but effective assaults.

The Haqqani insurgent network is widely believed to be based in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal area along the Afghan border. The group has historical ties to Pakistani intelligence, dating back to the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s. The U.S. military has said the Haqqani network, which has ties to both al-Qaida and the Taliban, poses the greatest threat to American troops in Afghanistan.

Mullen insisted that the Haqqani insurgent network “acts as a veritable arm” of the ISI, undermining the uneasy U.S.-Pakistan relationship forged in the terror fight and endangering American troops in the almost 10-year-old war in Afghanistan.


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