Grossman arrives for talks in Islamabad

Published: May 19, 2011
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US special envoy to lay groundwork for visit by Hillary Clinton. PHOTO: AFP

US special envoy to lay groundwork for visit by Hillary Clinton. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: 

US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday to follow up on discussions Senator John Kerry had earlier this week with the Pakistani leadership, in a bid to ease tensions between the United States and Pakistan in the aftermath of the US raid on Abbottabad.

Grossman is leading a delegation of senior officials, said the US Embassy spokesman in Islamabad but would not give further details.

Grossman and the other members of his delegation will meet the country’s top political and military leadership as part of efforts from both sides to put the process of engagement back on track, which had been affected since the killing of Osama bin Laden on May 2.

US Senator John Kerry’s visit on Monday helped ease the tension as the two countries agreed to work together in any future action against ‘high value targets’ in Pakistan. Kerry reported back to his colleagues in the United States Congress that Pakistan had agreed to take a series of measures to show its commitment  to defeat terrorism.

Questions have been raised about the commitment of Pakistan’s security forces to defeat al Qaeda in the wake of the world’s most wanted man’s presence in a city where the military has strong presence.

However, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday bailed out the Pakistani leadership. At a press conference at the Pentagon, Gates said that there was no evidence that senior Pakistani leaders, civilian or military, had any knowledge of Bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad.

US Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen also struck a conciliatory note saying breakdown in ties with Pakistan will have negative repercussions.

Official sources say Marc Grossman’s discussions with the Pakistani leaders will help pave the way for the visit by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to Islamabad later this year.

The US State Department said his trip will ‘lay the groundwork for her eventual visit.’

The talks will also decide the future of strategic dialogue between the two countries, currently delayed due to the mutual suspicion and distrust that overwhelmed the relationship after the death of the al Qaeda leader.

Meanwhile, CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell will also visit Islamabad in coming days following the visit of Marc Grossman. He will meet senior Pakistani intelligence officials to work out modalities for intelligence sharing on ‘high value targets.’

Pakistan’s security establishment is also looking for increased intelligence sharing from the CIA, which withheld the key information on Bin Laden.

The relations between the ISI and CIA have been rocky in recent months following the involvement of an American intelligence operative in the killing of two Pakistanis in Lahore.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 19th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • Ali
    May 19, 2011 - 8:34AM

    another amreeki!!!!Recommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    May 19, 2011 - 9:57AM

    The people of Pakistan don’t need neither you nor Hilary so please get out of our country.Recommend

  • May 19, 2011 - 11:00AM

    Salesman is here, to sell snake oil called Washington Consensus.Recommend

  • Hasan
    May 19, 2011 - 11:12AM

    Please no more uninformed comments about what Pakistan does or does not want. We are desperately in need of foreign funds and without these funds we would truly be a failed state. So please stop with the silly diatribe that attacks other countries and focus on what we can do to improve our country.Recommend

  • Chilli
    May 19, 2011 - 11:24AM

    Coming to check whether their puppets are ok or need some tightening. US want their puppets to dance perfectly on their fingure. Final check before Ms. Clinton arrives to see a perfect show.Recommend

  • May 19, 2011 - 11:27AM

    @Hasan:
    It is like addict want more drug to cure himself. Funny story.Recommend

  • Asim+Ali
    May 19, 2011 - 11:40AM

    We are a sick country run by the ideologies and failed strategies of retired Generals of this country. What sort of country accepts Taliban, Lashkars, Jihadis, and which is hated by its neighbors? We have gone back to the 15th century in an era of globalization. The establishment should learn from Turkey and MalaysiaRecommend

  • May 19, 2011 - 11:46AM

    @Asim+Ali:
    Pinkerton Syndrome.Recommend

  • May 19, 2011 - 11:57AM

    America’s favourite pastime lecturing PakistanRecommend

  • Rational Thought
    May 19, 2011 - 12:06PM

    I think Hasan & Asim+Ali are absolutely right. Without foreign funds, the economy will collapse so will our nation. For all the “Deep as ocean” friendship, china has promised only 11 million $ which is nothing at all.

    The country needs aid to rebuild institutions, infrastructure, destroy terror installations everywhere since the terrorists here are causing havoc around the world. We have been warned by all neighbours incl. China, Iran, Russians, Afghans, Indians, indonesians, Philippino etc apart from US & West. The foreign policy strategic depth must change. Already the world hates us.

    The media needs to play a positive role in bringing in the change and play positive role. Most urdu newspapers, & some english ones promote militancy. This shud stopRecommend

  • Sonam Shyam
    May 19, 2011 - 12:14PM

    The clean chit given by Robert Gates to the senior Pakistani military and civilian leadership with regards to Osama fiasco is on expected lines. US currently is in no position to publicly take on the Pakistani military top brass since the war in Afghanistan is far from over. But it has to be seen as to whether the Americans do take on Pakistani military behind closed doors. The sheer number of computer storage devices which the Navy Seals took away from Abottabad would surely have some incriminating stuff which can nail the Pakistan army and the ISI. Knowing the manner in which Americans pursue their national interest, any such explosive information may be used to extract concessions from the Pakistani army. Pakistani army will surely be pressurized to conduct operations in North Waziristan and take action against other Talibani elements like the Quetta Shura. Recommend

  • Fedup
    May 19, 2011 - 12:48PM

    Whatever you say, Senator Clinton is amongst the most dignified politicians. She is adept at diplomacy, and does her job with an expertise, enthusiasm and panache that few can rival. Indeed Hillary Clinton is a role model not only for Americans but also–and especially–for Pakistanis in general and Pakistani women in particular. Recommend

  • Ahsan Raza
    May 19, 2011 - 1:05PM

    here are some editted lines :

    “Grossman and the other members of his delegation will meet the country’s top political and military leadership as part of efforts …they have with them dags full of dollars which will be throw on the face Pakistani administration inorder to make them realise that their have no self respect and are nothing more than slave for the US…”

    ” the Pakistani administration is happy as they can do any thing for dollars ” sources added Recommend

  • Kazmis
    May 19, 2011 - 1:23PM

    @Asim+Ali:
    If it is a failed country then why American are running behind Pakistanis offering lot of Dollars for which they think is being misused or not appropriately used. Why since last ten years Pakistan could not do what they expected and overall why American could not do whatever they wanted themselves. They are powerful, they have forces with them, they have technology and they have dollars moreover they have a selfish & unreliable character, even then they are helpless.Recommend

  • Saad H
    May 19, 2011 - 1:24PM

    Pakistan’s new motto needs to be trade, not aid! How can we talk about dignity and pride if we keep begging others to constantly bail us out?!Recommend

  • Najib Khan
    May 19, 2011 - 1:41PM

    Back up from China has brought the arrogant US down on their knees & their hostile tone has now changed to a sombre one.

    They always need stinkers

    US : your last stop & final abode : AFPAK , INSHA ALLAH Recommend

  • May 19, 2011 - 2:55PM

    @Rational Thought:
    6 billion in remittance and economy will collapse. I beg to differ and want to laugh on the business schools which produce people like us who think debt is good, inflation is inevitable and usury is time value of money.

    Economic managers, teachers and students are as informed about managing the economy like politicians who manage this country.

    Get a debt moratorium and throw out the banks. It is simple.

    About your glittering generalities about world hating us and warning us is quite amusing. Only US policy maker hate us, their mouth piece media promotes it.

    Pakistan internally need to do one thing on war footing is law and order with speed & just. Catch the culprits and punish them. As for winning of approval of West it will never come and better to dont delude ourselves.Recommend

  • Sharif Ali
    May 19, 2011 - 3:06PM

    ‘Democracy’ in Pakistan so far means,the cruel,wicked minority would rule by the corrupt,of the corrupt,for the corrupt to ruin its people for their vested ends and foreign masters.Recommend

  • Abu Abdullah
    May 19, 2011 - 3:25PM

    @Hasan:
    Who says are informed Sir. Stop self proclamations please.

    If beggars cant be choosers I say Lets S T O P begging.Recommend

  • peshawar
    May 19, 2011 - 3:37PM

    we pakistanis are addicted of USA. Need more.. DO more… Need more… Do more….Recommend

  • Omer
    May 19, 2011 - 4:06PM

    ‘Les’ Grossman; Tropic Thunder, Movie!Recommend

  • ashok sai
    May 19, 2011 - 5:05PM

    @Kazmis:

    Simple answer, ‘misuse of nukes’.Recommend

  • jibran babar
    May 19, 2011 - 6:48PM

    the names says it all grossman….Recommend

  • Saboor
    May 19, 2011 - 7:51PM

    These are times when you need strong and honest leadership not puppets.

    There should be movement in Pakistan to aware the public how important it is to vote for competent and qualified candidates in the next elections.Recommend

  • Kazmis
    May 20, 2011 - 12:17PM

    @Sonam Shyam:
    The Flash storage devices of Computer will off course reveal many secrets, and on the basis of that Pakistan-US relation won’t be same, and as it is evident will go in reverse direction.Recommend

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