Sunday, October 16, 2011


Simmering tensions between the US and Pakistan reached a boiling point yesterday as the White House urged Islamabad to cut its ties to the Haqqani network while Pakistani leaders rejected the US claim as unfortunate and incorrect.“It is critical that the government of Pakistan break any links they have and take strong and immediate action against this network,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told a briefing in Washington.
“So that they are no longer a threat to the US or to the people of Pakistan, because this network is a threat to both.”
The White House backed the allegation that Admiral Mike Mullen, the US Joint Chief of Staff Chairman, had made in the Senate on Thursday, claiming that Haqqani operatives launched an attack last week on the US embassy in Kabul with ISI’s support.
Pakistan’s strong reaction to the US allegations figured at the White House briefing where a reporter asked: “Any reaction from the White House to the remarks from Pakistan that the alliance is threatened by the sort of claims by Admiral Mullen in front of the Senate?”

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