Developments in Pak very serious: Kerry

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 10:41

Washington: Senator John Kerry, who is known
as the Obama Administration`s trouble shooter on Pakistan,
believes that the situation in the country is very serious and
the US-Pak relationship is now facing a major challenge.

"It`s very serious. It`s very complicated," Kerry told
Indian reporters on the sidelines of a reception for the new
Indian Ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao, when asked about
the developments in Pakistan in the wake of the killing of 24
Pakistani soldiers by NATO forces in a cross-border fire over
the weekend.

The incident has made the Pakistan government and its
people furious, as a result of which Islamabad has stopped the
crucial NATO supply route which the lifeline for 140,000 US
and international troops in Afghanistan. It also asked US to
vacate the secret Shamsi airbase which is apparently used by
the CIA for drone attacks and have announced to boycott the
upcoming important international meet in Bonn on Afghanistan.

"I think it`s a serious challenge. (We) have a lot of
concerns," Kerry said when asked about the reaction from
Pakistan especially boycott of the Bonn conference.

In the nearly three years of Obama Administration, the
White House has heavily relied on Kerry`s diplomatic skills to
build up the relationship with Pakistan, every time its ties
with Islamabad are in a deep crisis.

In the past Kerry has flown to Pakistan several times to
successfully overcome those challenges and resolve the
differences between the two countries, be it the Raymond David
case or the aftermath of the May 2 incident when Osama bin
Laden was killed and a US helicopter was stuck in the
Abbottabad compound after the operation.

Kerry, a key architect of the Kerry-Lugar-Berman bill was
instrumental in passage of the bill that resulted in providing
USD 7.5 billion in civilian aid to Pakistan over a period of
five years.

He is known to have close relationship with top Pakistani
leaders and military officials.

It is not clear yet, what role Kerry is willing to play
when the relationship between the two countries is said to be
at its lowest ebb in the nearly three years of Obama
Administration.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 09:08

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