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SLUG: 2-304738 Pakistan-US (L-only)
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DATE=6/25/03

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE=PAKISTAN / U-S (L-O)

NUMBER=2-304738

BYLINE=STEPHANIE HO

DATELINE=WASHINGTON

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INTRO: In just a few years, Pakistan has gone from international pariah to a close U-S ally in the global war against terrorism. Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf detailed Islamabad's willingness to cooperate with Washington during his fourth visit to the United States since September 11th,2001. V-O-A's Stephanie Ho has more on the story.

TEXT: In his introductory comments before Pakistani President Musharraf's speech in Washington Wednesday, Richard Solomon, president of the U-S Institute of Peace, spoke highly of that country's relations with the United States.

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Pakistan has become an indispensable ally of our country in the new global war, the war on terrorism.

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These glowing comments come one day after President Bush called the Pakistani leader courageous, as the two men stood side-by side at the Camp David presidential retreat outside of Washington.

In his speech discussing the future of U-S-Pakistani relations, President Musharraf pointed out that Islamabad's ties with Washington were not always so rosy -- especially when he took power in a coup in 1999.

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The national economy was in a state of bankruptcy and diplomatically, the country was totally isolated. The nation stood at the brink of being declared a failed state, or a terrorist state.

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Since September 11, though, the Pakistani leader said his country has worked hard to root out terrorism and has contributed significantly to making the al-Qaida terrorist network -- in his words -- "a shadow of its past."

He acknowledged, though, that not all Pakistanis support closer relations with the United States.

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I will frankly admit there are many misgivings in Pakistan about both the justification and the utility of our cooperation with the United States.

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But despite misgivings back home, the Pakistani President said he feels relations between the two countries are moving toward a new level of friendship and cooperation.

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In view of my talks with President Bush and his team, I am confident that the United States and Pakistan are moving toward a long-term, predictable relationship, and that skeptics in both countries wil have reason to review their reservations.

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On Tuesday, President Bush announced a three billion dollar aid package for Pakistan. Although one-half of the aid will go to the Pakistani military, it will not include F-16 warplanes Islamabad had requested. (SIGNED)

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