Washington: Accusing Pakistan of playing a
"double game" in Afghanistan, Republican presidential
candidate Mitt Romney has warned Islamabad of serious
consequences if it continued to back militants.
Talking tough on Pakistan, the former Massachusetts
governor told New Hampshire voters last night that Pakistan is
playing both sides in the war in Afghanistan - going after the
Taliban within its borders in some cases and helping it in
"That`s unacceptable," Romney declared.
"It`s pretty straightforward to say, `Listen guys, you
can`t play both sides of this game. You`ve got to decide if
you`re with us or with them,`" Romney said during a campaign
stop. "If you`re with them, that will have a very significant
consequence. If you`re with us, that`s very good thing."
Romney did not elaborate on what the consequences might
be. His comments were the toughest from any presidential
candidate and marked a complete about turn from the positions
he took in the last presidential race.
Romney in 2007 election run-ups was sharply critical of
his then Democrat rival Barack Obama`s support for strong
military action inside Pakistan on terror havens.
Romney, the Republican contender seeking to challenge
Obama`s second term in the White House, also had a dig at the
President for his remarks that American competition had gone
"We have not gone soft. We have gone soft on the
President too long. And it`s time to get hard on him," Romney