Significant Pak policy changes may be in the offing: Report

Developments in Pakistan in the aftermath of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden`s death has fuelled bilateral distrust and acrimony unseen in the post-2001 period, a Congressional report has said.

Last Updated: May 31, 2011, 14:31 PM IST

Washington: Observing that developments in
Pakistan in the aftermath of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden`s death has fuelled bilateral distrust and acrimony unseen in the post-2001 period, a Congressional report has said that
significant policy changes from the Obama Administration with
regard to Islamabad may be in the offing.

"(The US) President (Barack) Obama and other top US
officials have maintained a generally positive posture towards
Pakistan in the weeks following the Abbottabad raid, while
also noting that serious questions have arisen over the
circumstances of bin Laden`s refuge," said a latest report on
US-Pakistan relationship by Congressional Research Service
(CRS), an independent research wing of the US Congress.

The CRS report running into 28 pages said, "The US
government reportedly has no conclusive evidence indicating
that official Pakistan had knowledge of bin Laden`s
whereabouts, but officials in both countries are said to be
waiting anxiously for details from a large cache of
intelligence found in bin Laden`s compound, some of which
might implicate Pakistani agents" .

Privately, senior Administration officials reportedly are
divided over the future of the bilateral relationship, with
some at an apparent loss for patience and advocating strong
reprisals for perceived Pakistani intransigence.

Thus, significant policy changes may be in the offing,
CRS said, which prepared the report for US lawmakers.

Evidence for this was found in the statements of Senate
Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator John Kerry, the
senior-most US official to visit Pakistan after bin Laden`s
death.

PTI