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Pakistan Pushes Back Against U.S.

Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani (file photo)
Pakistan has warned the United States to stop accusing it of playing a double game with Islamist militants.

Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, speaking exclusively to Reuters, said any unilateral military action by the United States to hunt down militants of the Haqqani network inside Pakistan would be a violation of his country's sovereignty.

However, he sidestepped questions on the tense relations with the United States and offered no indications of any steps Pakistan might take to soothe the fury in Washington.

Meanwhile, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that "the Pakistani government needs to take action to deal with the links that exist there" with the Haqqani militant network.

The outgoing chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, last week described the Haqqani network, the most violent faction among Taliban militants in Afghanistan, as a "veritable arm" of Pakistan's ISI spy agency and accused Islamabad of providing support for the group's September 13 attack on the U.S. Embassy and other targets in Kabul.

compiled from agency reports

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