The United States has been urged to reassure the people of Pakistan and neighbouring countries that it has a “long-term vision” to stabilise the region.
“What we are looking for is a long-term commitment. Why do I say that?”, asked Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. “Because the people of the region have to be reassured that the United States has a long-term vision, not just for Afghanistan and Pakistan but the entire region. And when I say that, we have to keep in mind the history. We have to keep in mind the past.” His host at the State Department was happy to pledge Washington’s support. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: “I reaffirm the commitment of the United States to an enduring partnership with Pakistan and to work with the government and people of Pakistan to help spur sustainable economic development, enhance safety and security and build on recent progress in the fight against the militants who have spread terror and instability in Pakistan.” Amateur video has emerged of a suicide bomb attack on a United Nations World Food Programme office in Islamabad on Monday. Denouncing such aid agencies as “slaves of the United States”, Taliban militants in Pakistan say they were behind the blast that killed five members of staff.