Times of India:
A leading US Senator has indicated Congress would support American military action against Pakistan amid growing clamor in Washington for a punitive response against a two-timing ally even as ties between the two countries grow more toxic by the hour.
While a television journalist openly described Pakistan's allegedly proxy attack on the US embassy in Kabul as an "act of war" to foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar's face, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told a Sunday talk show that "The sovereign nation of Pakistan is engaging in hostile acts against the United States and our ally Afghanistan that must cease."
"I will leave it up to the experts, but if the experts believe that we need to elevate our response, they will have a lot of bipartisan support on Capitol Hill," Graham, a South Carolina senator who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, told "Fox News Sunday" in remarks that were seen as a call for military strikes against Pakistan.
A high-profile American senator has said that the United States should consider military action against Pakistan if Islamabad continues to sponsor militant attacks against US troops in Afghanistan.
"The sovereign nation of Pakistan is engaging in hostile acts against the United States and our ally Afghanistan that must cease," said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Associated Press reported Sunday.
"They're killing American soldiers," he noted, adding, "If they continue to embrace terrorism as a part of their national strategy, we're going to have to put all options on the table, including defending our troops."
Graham warned that Pakistan should choose between supporting the Haqqani militant network and helping the US fight al-Qaeda.