Islamabad: Pakistan is still the United States of America's ally in the war on terror. US AfPak Ambassador Marc Grossman when asked whether the US's strategic ties with Pakistan will be affected by Osama bin Laden's killing said that Pakistan is crucial to peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. Grossman also called Osama's killing a shared victory of the US, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
"End of Osama is a sheer achievement for the United States, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The United States, Pakistan and Afghanistan have commitments to end terror. Extremism is not going to affect our relationship (US-Pakistan) in any way," said Grossman after trilateral talks with Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and Afghanistan's Deputy Foreign Minister Jaweed Ludin.
"Thousands of Pakistanis and soldiers have been a victim of terror. We are trying to bring safety and peace to Pakistan. The process of Afghanistan reconciliation needs efforts of regional countries especially Pakistan," Grossman said.
Bashir admitted that Pakistan was not happy with the drone strike by US forces inside Pakistani territory, but his country was committed towards building a secure and stable region....more
04:33 PM, May 03, 2011