Pakistani leaders meet to discuss US claims

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ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's political and military leaders are meeting to formulate a response to U.S. allegations that the country's main spy agency is supporting Afghan insurgents.

The claims have triggered fears here that America may launch military action in Pakistan.

Intelligence chief Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha will address the gathering later Thursday in the capital Islamabad.

Adm. Mike Mullen, America's top military officer, last week accused the militant Haqqani network of being a "veritable arm" of the Pakistani spy agency.

Pakistan has denied the allegations, and accused Washington of making it a scapegoat for its failures in Afghanistan.