Pakistan warns U.S. "You will lose an ally" if accusations go on

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Posted: Sep 23, 2011 12:44 AM
Pakistan warns U.S. "You will lose an ally" if accusations go on

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's foreign minister said on Thursday the United States risks losing an ally if it continues to publicly criticize Islamabad's performance in the war against militancy.

"You will lose an ally," Hina Rabbani Khar told Geo TV in New York. "You cannot afford to alienate Pakistan, you cannot afford to alienate the Pakistani people. If you are choosing to do so and if they are choosing to do so it will be at their (the United States') own cost."

Khar was responding to a Senate testimony by the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, who said Pakistan's top spy agency was closely tied to the Haqqani Network, the most violent and effective faction in the Afghan Taliban insurgency.

(Writing by Chris Allbritton; Reporting by Augustine Anthony and Qasim Nauman; Editing by John Chalmers)