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US is going to take tougher line against Pak

Washington: Once considered a close mate of Pakistani generals, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that Americans are now going to have to take a tougher line in demanding Pakistan rein in terror groups.

"I am losing people, and I am just not going to stand for that. I have been Pakistan`s best friend. What does it say when I am at that point? What does it say about where we are?" Mullen told The Wall Street Journal in an interview.

Mullen who demits office by the end of this month said he was leaving with a muddled legacy on Pakistan, an area which he had made a top priority because its border region has been a haven for al-Qaeda and other militant groups intent on attacking US interest.

Explaining his switch, Mullen, said that the partnership approach with Islamabad, which he had long championed had fallen short and would be difficult to revive.

The Admiral took his conclusions to Congress last week where he declared publicly — what until then had been confined to private remarks — that Pakistan`s military intelligence is collaborating with a militant group that US links for attack on Americans in Afghanistan, triggering a major rift between the two nations.

The shift by Mullen infuriated officials in Islamabad, who deny supporting militants, and cast a pall of uncertainty over the tenuous US-Pakistan bond, the daily reported.

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