Improved US ties with Pakistan is good for India: Napolitano

Improved relationship between the US and Pakistan is good for India as well as good for the region, Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Monday.

Last Updated: May 23, 2011, 14:59 PM IST

Washington: Improved relationship between
the US and Pakistan is good for India as well as good for the
region, Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Monday.

"The improved United States relationship with Pakistan
is good for India, because it is good for the region," she
said.

"We welcome and encourage better relations between
India and Pakistan. Because the bottom line is since 9/11,
attacks on the US, Pakistan has been a good counter-terrorism
partner with us and India has been a good counter-terrorism
partner with us," Napolitano said.

She, however, said al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who
was shot dead on May 2 by special US forces in Abbottabad,
must be enjoying some kind of support network inside Pakistan.

"The United States thinks that there has to be some
kind of support network for bin Laden inside Pakistan. We do
not know, who and what that support network was. We do not
know there might have been people inside the government or who
were directly involved," Napolitano said.

"That is something for investigations and importantly
that is something that the Pakistani government needs to
investigate and investigate thoroughly. They have already
indicated to us that they have an interest in finding out what
kind of support networks that bin Laden have had and we are
encouraging them to pursue that very aggressively," she
said.

PTI