US seeks to avoid backlash from Pakistan shooting

The United States has said it will try hard to ensure there is no anti-American backlash from a shooting incident in which a US consular worker was charged with the murder of two Pakistani men.

Last Updated: Jan 28, 2011, 23:31 PM IST

Washington: The United States has said it
will try hard to ensure there is no anti-American backlash
from a shooting incident in which a US consular worker was
charged with the murder of two Pakistani men.

"We want to make sure that a tragedy like this does
not affect the strategic partnership that we`re building with
Pakistan," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told
reporters.

"And we`ll work as hard as we can to explain that to
the Pakistani people," Crowley said.

In Lahore, a US consular worker was charged with the
murder of two Pakistani men following their shooting in a busy
street, a provincial minister said.

The American man told police he shot the two
motorcycle riders in self defense after they pulled a pistol
on him in an attempted robbery, police officials told.

Crowley gave few details of the event, but confirmed
that an American civilian working for the US consulate in
Lahore was "involved in an incident," while declining to
identify the individual.

"There`s a Pakistan investigation. We will cooperate
fully," he said.

PTI