Pak cannot be asked to do more: Gilani

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani today countered US accusations linking ISI to terror groups in Afghanistan, calling them surprising, while stating that his country cannot be pressured to do more in the war against terror.

"Pressure cannot be put on Pakistan to do more in the war on terrorism. Our national interests must be respected under all circumstances," Gilani said.

The premier rejected allegations by senior US officials, including military chief Adm Mike Mullen, linking the Inter- Services Intelligence agency to the Haqqani network and recent terror attacks in Afghanistan, saying these accusations were a cause of concern for Pakistan.

Referring to steps taken by Pakistan to back the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan and a sudden spurt in terror attacks in the neighbouring country, Gilani said, "In the light of these events in Afghanistan, the US leadership`s statements were surprising for us as they were contrary to Pakistan`s sacrifices and successes against terrorism and extremism".

"While rejecting all these accusations, we have focussed on positive and responsible ways to resolve these problems" he added.

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