Clinton wants Pakistan take decisive action
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, May 27, IRNA -- The visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday said that the United States hopes Pakistan would take decisive action against the militants in the coming days who launch attacks into Afghanistan from Pakistani territory.
Speaking to reporters after she met top Pakistani political and military leaders in Islamabad, Hillary Clinton said Osama bin Laden is dead but al-Qaeda still posses a serious threat.
“Al-Qaeda had safe heavens here in Pakistan. Vicious terrorists had been living in Pakistan over the past decades and operated from here. They target people in Pakistan, Afghanistan and anywhere in the world,” Hillary Clinton said.
She said that there is no evidence to suggest that any one at highest level in the Pakistani government knew that Osama bin Laden was living just miles from Islamabad.
She said both sides also discussed investigation into the network who had been supporting Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, adding that Pakistani side assured the US delegation that investigation is underway.
She said the US side told Pakistani leaders they will share with Pakistani investigators information about the people who had been supporting and facilitating the al-Qaeda chief.
She also disclosed that the US authorities got access to the Osama bin Laden compound in the Pakistani city of Abbotabad and witnesses in the area said they saw military personnel visiting the compound.
She thanks Pakistan army and its intelligence for allowing the US investigators to visit the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed on May 2.
Residents said the US officials spent some four hours inside the compound, surrounded by heavily armed Pakistani troops.
All roads to the compound were closed to the compound during the visit of the US intelligence operatives.
Hillary Clinton said that Pakistani leaders told her that no one in the government had been involved to shelter the al-Qaeda chief and President Asif Ali Zardari said that al-Qaeda was behind the assassination of his wife, Benazir Bhutto. Benazir Bhutto was killed in gunshots and suicide attack in December 2007.
“We both captured many al-Qaeda men in Pakistan and this was not possible without Pakistan’s cooperation,” the US Secretary of State said.
“Still much work is required and urgent, we discussed detail to dismantle al-Qaeda and drive them out from Pak and the region, we will do on our part. We ask Pakistan to take decisive action in the future, to make Pakistan and the US secure,” she said.
About Pakistan role in reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan, Hillary Clinton said that Pakistan must be a part of that process, adding that many Afghans had been living in Pakistan and Pakistan has a legitimate interest and its interest must be taken into account.
“We discussed Pakistan perspective about Afghanistan to support international community in Afghanistan,” she said and described as very important the trilateral process involving Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US.
She said that the two recent trilateral meetings in Islamabad and Kabul were very important towards the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.
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