'Pak needs to change ISI's double dealing'
Washington: In the aftermath of the death of Osama bin Laden, Pakistan needs to change a lot of things including ISI's double dealing and the wastefulness of its resources towards India, a key US lawmaker said on Sunday.
"This as a time for us to be careful, to be thoughtful, to proceed deliberately but determinedly in order to lay on the table the things that we know has to change. The relationship with the ISI, the double-dealing, the attitude, and frankly wastefulness of resources towards India, the question of cooperation with respect to Afghanistan," Senator
John Kerry told CBS news in an interview.
The death of Osama bin Laden provides enormous opportunity to reset its relationship with Pakistan, he said.
"I see opportunity in all of this to sort of punch a reset button and frankly serve our interests and theirs much more effectively," said Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
"You know, you have to understand that for a period of time our interests in Pakistan have not converged. The Pakistanis have had a different set of interests about India, a different set of interests about what kind of Afghanistan they want to see," he noted.
"All of that has to change. And all of that, I believe, can change. I've had some early conversations with high level officials of Pakistan. And there's an indication to me there is an enormous amount of introspection going on and some very deep evaluating within Pakistan," he said.
Kerry, who is scheduled to travel to Pakistan and Afghanistan later this month, said Pakistan is important for the US as it relies on Islamabad for the transfer of its major supplies to Afghanistan.
"Everybody has to understand that even in the getting of Osama bin Laden, the Pakistanis were helpful. We have people on the ground in Pakistan because they allow us to have them. We actually worked with them on certain parts of the intelligence that helped to lead to him, and they have been extraordinarily cooperative and at some political cost to them in helping us to take out 16 of the top 20 al Qaeda leaders with a drone program that we have in the western part of the country," he said.
Kerry said the current situation allows US to urge them to see the ways in which their interests really are not where they have perceived them to be and hopefully there can be a readjustment.