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Pakistan's Prime Minister Issues Warning to U.S.

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A warning from Pakistan.

In an exclusive interview with Reuters, Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani warned Washington that a continued linking of the country to militants would only fan anti-Americanism in Pakistan.

Relations between Washington and Islamabad have deteriorated sharply following last week's blunt allegations by the head of the U.S. joint chiefs of staff Michael Mullen that Pakistan's military intelligence agency was linked to militants who carried out a Sept. 13 attack on the U.S. embassy in Kabul.

[Yusuf Raza Gilani, Pakistani Prime Minister]:
"If there are messaging which are not appropriate to our friendship, then naturally it is extremely difficult to convince my public. Therefore, they should be sending positive messages. Something (on) which we can come closer, and not something that the people should start even suspecting us, that why we are so close to them when they don't even trust you."

He also warned against any plans by the U.S. to hunt down militants of the Haqqani network inside Pakistan.

[Yusuf Raza Gilani, Pakistani Prime Minister]:
"We are a sovereign country. How can they come and raid in our country?"

(REPORTERS ASKING: 'Americans argue that the Haqqani's who are sheltering in Pakistan are attacking U.S. forces) 

"That is what they say, therefore should we believe it? That is the reason why there is a lot of misunderstanding going on in Pakistan. Because, earlier when there was a unilateral action in Abbottabad, there was a lot of resentment when we were working together and we were friends and there had been intelligence sharing, they could have shared the information with us and we could have done that jointly."

He also spoke of his views about the timing of the U.S. criticism of Pakistan...

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