Multiple overlapping worlds in Pakistan: Clinton

Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said the country is vital to America`s counter-terrorism efforts.

Last Updated: Mar 14, 2012, 00:24 AM IST

Washington: Observing that there are
multiple overlapping worlds in Pakistan, US Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said the country is vital to America`s
counter-terrorism efforts, economic stability and regional
cooperation goals for the region.

"There are multiple overlapping worlds in Pakistan and we
have to deal with all of them simultaneously," Clinton said in
her address to the Global Chiefs of Mission Conference.

"But the country is vital to our counter-terrorism,
economic stability, and regional cooperation goals for the
region," Clinton said. adding that the US will continue to
engage where they even have legitimate concerns and
disagreements.

Clinton said a critical element of America`s path forward
in Afghanistan will be the success of the Afghans in securing
and leading their country for themselves.

"Ryan Crocker (the US Ambassador to Afghanistan) has
brought his tremendous lifetime experience to this really
difficult job at this moment. They will need help," she said.

"I`ve asked many of you, as a key element of President
Obama`s policy, to press the governments to which you are
accredited to pledge substantial financial support to the
Afghan security forces for the period beyond 2014," Clinton
said.

In these frontline states and in all countries facing
instability, the US has put a special focus on protecting
universal human rights, increasing political participation,
and enforcing the rule of law.

"It also puts an extra burden on us to live our values
and to, both on the military and civilian side, demonstrate
who we are as a people," she said.

"Because when people feel safe and empowered to pursue
their legitimate aspirations, they are more likely to reject
extremism and to invest in their own societies. So human
rights and global security are deeply and directly linked.

We cannot sacrifice one without damaging both.

And we have been working to use our position on the UN
Human Rights Council to continue standing up for universal
human rights on the international scene," she said.

"I recognise that sustainable progress on human rights
and democracy can only happen from within. But we do have an
obligation to help amplify those voices of those advocating
for change in their own societies, including nongovernmental
human rights and democracy activists," she said.

"In recent years, a number of governments have taken
actions aimed at disempowering these groups. Today in the
Middle East and North Africa and elsewhere, governments are
challenging the propriety of American support for civil
society organizations," Clinton said.

PTI