US will respect Pakistan parliament’s decision: Munter

Published: March 22, 2012

Hillary Clinton says US committed to Pakistan, ups and downs notwithstanding.

PESHAWAR: 

US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has said that his country will respect Pakistan Parliament’s decision on the future of its relations with the US.

The statement comes a day after a joint sitting of Parliament began with the opposition demanding more time to study the proposals made by a parliamentary committee.

“Your Parliament has taken up the issue of our relationship and we look forward to engaging with your representatives once they come to a conclusion,” Munter told a gathering of businessmen on Wednesday at the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KPCCI).

He reiterated that the November 26 Salala attack, which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, was a mistake and must not recur. “After the terrible tragedy that took place at Salala, we must work together to prevent such incidents,” he said.

However, while he spoke of mutual understanding and cooperation, the envoy said that Pakistan should not look towards the US for “each and every thing”. “Pakistan has to solve its problems itself and our country can only facilitate the process but you have to do it.”

Encouraging Pakistani businessmen, he said that traders and industrialists should consult the US consulate on their problems which will be solved on priority.

Earlier, KPCCI President Affan Aziz said that the US government should provide aid for the reconstruction of Peshawar and also support industrial revival. “Peshawar has been the frontline city in the war on terror that has left its economy completely devastated,” he said.

Ambassador Munter also met Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor Masood Kausar, Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti and Provincial Chief Secretary Ghulam Dastageer Khan.

Meanwhile, an official statement said that the US envoy was scheduled to deliver a speech to students at the University of Peshawar but the session was cancelled due to security concerns.

‘Committed to Pakistan’

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton termed Pakistan Parliament’s review of ties with the US as significant, hoping they would come away with an “honest, constructive and mutually beneficial relationship.”

In response to a question at a joint press conference with Afghan Foreign Minister Dr Zalmai Rassoul, Secretary Clinton praised the democratic process Pakistan is engaged in, reiterating her stance of supporting democracy in the country.

Clinton said the US remained committed to a relation with Pakistan, recent ups and downs notwithstanding.

Meanwhile, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said the US wants to move forward in its relationship with Pakistan.

Speaking to reporters at the press briefing at the Pentagon, spokesperson George Little said: “We are willing to discuss the outcome of parliamentary review with Pakistan. It is premature to discuss what Pakistan’s parliament might say.”

(With additional input by Huma Imtiaz in Washington)

Published in The Express Tribune, March 22nd, 2012.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Ahmer Ali
    Mar 22, 2012 - 10:31AM

    US shall respect Pakistani parliament’s decision but shall never stop drone attacks.

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  • Cautious
    Mar 22, 2012 - 4:23PM

    I wonder whether Pakistan will respect the USA decision?

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  • Amir chaudhry
    Mar 22, 2012 - 9:14PM

    And would not apologies for sports killing of Pakistani soldiers and would like to keep the nation without energy

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  • Harry Stone
    Mar 22, 2012 - 10:08PM

    One has to wonder why the US would even consider anything that does not fit into its efforts to conduct combat operations given that the world is fully aware that PAK is nothing more than a support base for terrorism. It will be interesting to see how the US reacts to this but more interesting in what long term price PAK will pay for this folly. Once can only hope they strengthen their realationship with both China and Iran.

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