US hopes Pakistan would sort its crisis in accordance with the Constitution

Victoria Nuland says working relationship with Pakistan will go ahead.


Afp June 19, 2012

WASHINGTON: The United States expressed hope Tuesday that Pakistan's latest political crisis would be resolved in accordance with the country's constitution amid a showdown between the judiciary and government.

The State Department did not expect the turmoil from a top court ruling to derail Washington's diplomatic dialogue with Islamabad, spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.

"We've said all along that we expect that Pakistan will resolve any of these internal issues in a just and transparent manner in accordance with Pakistan's own laws and constitution," Nuland said.

"Our understanding is that the Pakistani government itself is meeting now to decide how it goes forward from here," she said.

Pakistan's Supreme Court disqualified Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani from office on Tuesday in a ruling that dissolved the cabinet and threatened to trigger elections later this year.

Despite the uncertainty, Nuland said the US working relationship with Pakistan would go ahead.

"Throughout this process, which has been going on for a number of months now, we have continued to work with the Pakistani government and try to get through some of these issues that have been difficult," said Nuland, referring to disputes including a Pakistani blockade on NATO supply convoys into Afghanistan.

"So it is our hope and expectation that we'll be able to continue to do that, but they obviously have to work their internal issues internally."

Relations between Pakistan and the United States have come under severe strain over the past year, following a unilateral US raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at his Pakistani compound last year and a botched US air strike that left 24 Pakistani soldiers dead in November.

Islamabad shut its border to NATO supply convoys after the air strikes and talks designed to reopen the routes have stalled. Washington so far has refused to issue a formal apology over the incident, instead expressing regret and offering condolences.

COMMENTS (10)

Haroon Rashid | 9 years ago | Reply

Obviously the world has to listen to our killers, since they are freedom fighters. Really, hypocrisy is our byword

F Khan | 9 years ago | Reply

Uncle Sam.....No more NRO's please....good or bad we can sort out our own problems....please mind your own business.

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