Pakistan Says U.S. Pressure Must End
Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has called on the United States to stop blaming Islamabad for regional instability, as Washington stepped up pressure on Islamabad to crack down on militancy.
Gilani told a gathering of the country's political leaders in Islamabad that "the blame game should end, and Pakistan's sensitive national interests should be respected."
"Pakistan cannot be pressurized to do more" in the ongoing war against terrorism, Gilani added.
Pakistan's intelligence chief, Ahmed Shuja Pasha, today said that U.S. military action against insurgents inside Pakistan would be unacceptable and that Pakistan's army is capable of responding.
Pakistan's most senior military and intelligence commanders officers were expected to brief the meeting, which comes after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States government was making its "final" review on whether to officially list the Taliban-allied Haqqani network as a terrorist group.
U.S. officials have accused the Haqqani network of carrying out the September 13 attack in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on the U.S. Embassy and other targets, and have called on Pakistani authorities to take action to hinder the group's activities.
compiled from agency reports
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