WASHINGTON - Pakistan's ambassador to the United States has rejected the mounting criticism of the democratic government in dealing with the country's problems and fighting militants ahead of President Asif Ali Zardari's visit here, and urged the Obama administration to implement its promises of economic and security assistance. After "billions of dollars were poured into Pakistan under the dictatorship" of General Pervez Musharraf by the Bush administration, ambassador Husain Haqqani said was quoted as saying in The Washington Post that the Obama administration has produced little but promises and disapproval of the democratically elected government. "It is unfair to blame the civilian leadership that is bravely mobilizing the nation against terrorism when it is our American partners who have also slowed us down in the war effort by slowing down the flow of assistance," Haqqani said. "We trust that President Obama's emphasis on Pakistan will also translate promises into deliverables." "You can't spend more in Iraq and Afghanistan," he said, "and then wonder why the effort in Pakistan is lagging behind." Haqqani was quoted in the course of a dispatch about the U.S. intelligence appraisal of Pakistan, saying security was deteriorating rapidly, particularly in the mountains along the Afghan border that harbour al-Qaeda and the Taliban, and there were signs that those groups were working with indigenous extremists in the Punjab heartland. "The Pakistani government was mired in political bickering. The army, still fixated on its historical adversary India, remained ill-equipped and unwilling to throw its full weight into the counterinsurgency fight," the dispatch said. But despite the threat the intelligence conveyed, it said, President Barack Obama has only limited options for dealing with it. "Anti-American feeling in Pakistan is high, and a U.S. combat presence is prohibited. The United States is fighting Pakistan-based extremists by proxy, through an army over which it has little control, in alliance with a government in which it has little confidence," the Post said. "The tools most readily at hand are money, weapons, and a mentoring relationship with Pakistan's government and military that alternates between earnest advice and anxious criticism. As criticism has dominated in recent weeks -- along with reports that the administration is wooing Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari's principal political opponent, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif -- the partnership has grown strained". "What are the Americans trying to do, micromanage our politics?" an unnamed senior Pakistani official was quoted as saying. "This is not South Vietnam."