Clinton didn`t warn Pak of severe consequences: US
The Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not warn Islamabad of "severe consequences" if a terrorist attack inside the US were to be have its foot print in Pakistan, two top officials of the State Department have said.
Washington: The Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton did not warn Islamabad of "severe
consequences" if a terrorist attack inside the US were to be
have its foot print in Pakistan, two top officials of the
State Department have said.
"I don’t think she said that," Assistant Secretary of
State for Public Affairs P J Crowley told reporters when asked
about such a statement given by Clinton in an interview to the
CBS news on Sunday.
"I think she (Clinton) was responding to a
hypothetical question that the United States, would take
seriously any link to a foreign country where there are
successful terrorist attacks. She`s not singling out any one
country in particular," Crowley asserted.
US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan
Richard Holbrooke, while addressing the media at Washington
Foreign Press Centre, said that CBS edited the interview and
did not show the entire portion of its interview with Clinton.
"As a result, the quotes appeared to be different than
what the Secretary of State actually meant."
Holbrooke also said US aid to Pakistan would be
impacted as a result of recent developments; consequent of the
investigations according to which Pakistani Taliban was
responsible for the failed Times Square bombing attempt.
"She herself praised the Pakistan government for what
it has done. And so, I urge you not to react to a
misrepresentation of what she said, although I think that
happens from time to time," Holbrooke said asking journalists
to get in touch with the State Department spokesman for full
unedited transcripts of the interview.
According to an as-aired transcript of the interview
released by the State Department, Clinton was asked: "Even in
light of the Times Square bomber, you are comfortable with the
cooperation you`re getting from the Pakistani Government?"
Clinton answered: "Well, no, I didn`t say that. I said
that we`ve gotten more cooperation and it`s been a real sea
change in the commitment we`ve seen from the Pakistani
Government. We want more. We expect more. We`ve made it very
clear that if, heaven forbid, an attack like this that we can
trace back to Pakistan was to have been successful, there
would be very severe consequences."
Observing that Clinton`s quotes were not been taken in
proper context, Holbrook said: "I think that perhaps it was
not fully understood for what she was saying by some people
who didn`t see the full text or didn`t appreciate what she was
saying. And of course, it was an edited interview."
Meanwhile, a top Pentagon General strongly denied that
he had ever told General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani that Pakistan
was not being tough with the terrorists.
"Yes, there was an unfortunate news story that came
out that was completely inaccurate that represented that I had
expressed to General Kayani US policy on doing more, and that
just didn`t happen. It was a one-on-one meeting and it did not
occur. And I`d made it clear to General Kayani that I did not
represent it that way," General Stanley McChrystal, US and
NATO Commander in Afghanistan told reporters at White House.
"I think that it is important that we understand that
the insurgency faced by Pakistan, the Tehreek-e-Taliban
Pakistan (TTP), is an essential threat. I mean, it`s a
significant threat to their country. And it`s complimentary to
what Afghanistan faces. So it puts the two nations with a
common problem," he said.
"The Afghan Taliban and TTP are distinct, but they are
not completely unrelated, and therefore it`s important we sync
our two campaigns together. And that`s why I spend a lot of
time with General Kayani, who`s a good partner working that,"