WASHINGTON (IPS) - Amid a two-and-a-half day conference focused on escalating measures against Iran, a neoconservative think-tank held a fundraiser at the residence of Pakistans ambassador to the US, according to an IPS investigation. The embassy said the think-tank, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), failed to notify the Pakistani embassy whether the dinner at the home of Ambassador Hussain Haqqani was a fundraiser or it was connected to the conference about 'Countering the Iranian Threat. The embassy was unaware even that the conference was occurring. Pakistan and Iran are brotherly neighbouring Muslim countries, Imran Gardezi, a spokesperson for the Pakistani embassy, told IPS. There was no such intention [to host a fundraiser], he said. Very frankly, we didnt know about this conference. FDD disputed that the event was a fundraiser at all. [T]his was not a fundraiser, FDD President Clifford May told IPS, also disputing the events connection to the conference - called the 'Washington Forum - though the dinner appeared on the online schedule before, during, and after the proceedings. The schedule also noted that there was a 'minimum $5,000 gift required to attend, providing a hyperlink to donate. We needed to communicate which FDD supporters were invited to the reception, May wrote to IPS in an e-mail. It was convenient to include that along with information about the Washington Forum becauseFDD supporters were in town for the Forum. However, May did concede that his staff might have failed to notify the embassy about the ongoing conference and its theme. It is possible that we did not notify them about the Washington Forum, he said. No one from the embassy or from Pakistan spoke or participated in the Forum, he added. Gardezi emphasised that Haqqani didnt speak about Iran: He made no remarks about Iran and there was no mention of Iran. The two countries have pretty good relations, said Alireza Nader of the RAND Corporation. I would characterise their relations as cordial, not warm at all times, but for the most part cooperative on issues like building a pipeline through Pakistan. The two countries essentially fought a proxy war in Afghanistan throughout the 1990s, but tensions over the war- torn country have since subsided. In Afghanistan, theres been much less active rivalry, said Shuja Nawaz, the director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council. But the Balochistan border still remains a contentious area, for a couple of reasons. Nonetheless, FDD likely ended up holding its event at Haqqanis residence not because of geopolitics, but because of a friendship between May and the Pakistani ambassador. I think the ambassador had a personal relationship with this group for quite some time, but I dont know if this would reflect official policy, Nawaz said. May said Haqqani was an old personal friend from when they were both journalists. The FDD is a neoconservative-dominated think-tank, which does not itself provide the same range of views that were provided at the conference. Several of its scholars and fellows advocate regularly for aggressive and escalating actions against Iran. Haqqani, for his part, has been associated with other neoconservatives groups. Immediately before his 2008 appointment as ambassador to the US, Haqqani was a fellow at the neoconservative Hudson Institute.