Pakistan opposition angered by US attacks

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan's main opposition party says the country could pull out of the U.S.'s war on terror. But Pakistan's new president says he is still committed to fighting violent Islamic extremism.

An aide to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif issued the threat hours after the latest suspected U-S missile strikes in Pakistan. The latest strikes killed 12 people in Taliban and al-Qaida strongholds in Pakistan's lawless tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

Sharif is perhaps the country's most popular politician -- making his stance possibly damaging to Islamabad's close alliance with Washington, even if the country's new president doesn't agree with it.

American officials have expressed growing frustration as Pakistan's border regions continue to provide support for the intensifying insurgency in Afghanistan. There have been at least seven reported missile strikes in the region since mid-August.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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