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News number: 8901161275

18:43 | 2010-04-05

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Pakistani MP Calls on Islamabad to Stay Away from Washington

TEHRAN (FNA)- A Pakistani lawmaker on Monday blamed terrorist attacks in his country on Islamabad's compliance with the United States' wrong policies, and asked Pakistani officials to distance themselves from Washington.



"The government of Pakistan should distance itself from the US policies if it is after economic and cultural advancement, otherwise we will witness more problems for Pakistan in a not far future," member of Pakistan's National Assembly Ahsan Iqbal said in an interview with FNA.

"Our economy and culture will not progress while the government supports the United States' policies in the region," Iqbal, who is also the Chief Spokesman of Pakistan Muslim League-N, added.

Iqbal further pointed to the US conditions in the region, and said, "Hatred for the US is on a daily increase all across the world, particularly in Pakistan."

The comments by the Pakistani lawmaker came as militants attacked a US consulate in northwest Pakistan with car bombs and grenades on Monday, killing three people.

The assaults illustrated the resilience of militants in the country despite intense army operations and US missile strikes in their northwestern havens near Afghanistan.