Islamabad: US Senator John Kerry and
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday said that the
international community would have to act fast to ensure that
militant organisations did not take advantage of the country`s
Kerry, who visited flood-hit areas with Zardari, said,
"We don`t want additional jihadists (and) extremists coming
out of a crisis."
Addressing a joint news conference with Zardari, Kerry
said Pakistan and the US shared security concerns due to the
"None of us want to see this crisis provide an
opportunity or an excuse for people who want to exploit the
misfortune of others for political or ideological purposes.
So it is important for all of us to work overtime to provide
the assistance that`s necessary," he said.
Zardari pledged to rebuild the areas devastated by
floods so that "negative forces" cannot exploit the situation.
He warned that children made homeless by the deluge
"could be put in camps to be trained as the terrorists of
The catastrophe also "gives strength to forces who do
not want a state structure", he said.
He also dismissed charges of corruption in the
government led by his Pakistan People`s Party, saying "forces
who do not want democracy to succeed" were behind such
Kerry, who is the first senior US lawmaker to visit
the country after the disaster struck, also met US military
personnel taking part in relief missions.