Can't ignore Pakistan's cooperation over a few things: Kerry
Posted on: 04:54 AM IST Apr 19, 2013
Washington: Expressing concern over the imprisonment of the Pakistani doctor who helped CIA trace Osama bin Laden, US Secretary of State John Kerry said it is wrong and angers all, but US-Pak relationship can't be determined by few things.
"Dr Afridi's in jail, he shouldn't be, et cetera. We have said that. We will fight that. And it's wrong, and it angers all of us. But I don't think you can chuck the whole relationship over one or two or three things here and there because of the overall interest that we have," Kerry said.
The Secretary of State said this during his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. Pakistan, he said, is a mixed bag of bottom line. "As everybody knows, certain things that have been taking place over the years have really created anger within the country. The body politic is tense, and the politicians respond to that. But then they've been trying to be helpful in other ways, and they have been," he said.
"We have a route for transiting our aid all of our supplies to our troops in Afghanistan for the last years, and now bringing things out. We've had cooperation on intel. We've had cooperation on nuclear weapons.
"...We have cooperation on efforts to ferret out, you know, bad actors in the FATA, in the western part of the country. I think they've got 150,000 troops out there fighting the same fight we are now," Kerry said as he listed out the co-operation of Pakistan in the war against terrorism.