On her first visit to Pakistan as US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has praised the government for taking on the Taliban and pledged US support at what she called a critical point in the country’s history.
After offering sympathy for the victims of Pakistan’s latest terror attack Clinton said: “We commit to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Pakistani people in your fight for peace and security. We will give you the help that you need, in order to achieve your goal.” Clinton said her visit was designed to chip away at anti-Americanism in Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim nation. She said the Obama administration wanted to do more to support Pakistan on a wide range of issues, including economic development, energy generation, education and the environment. A Bill passed by Congress providing a five billion euro (7.5 bn dollars) aid package has met with unexpected opposition from Pakistan’s military which is accusing Washington of interfering in the country’s internal affairs.