US Lawmakers Call for
Review of Pakistan Relations
December 6, 2011
Two influential U.S. lawmakers are calling for the United States to
“fully review” its relationship with Pakistan, including reconsidering
all security and economic aid.
Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham said in a statement
Monday the U.S. has been, in their words, “incredibly patient” with
Pakistan. But they said future relations with the country must be
grounded in what they called the “realistic understanding” that
Pakistani military actions have contributed to the death and injury of
American soldiers and jeopardized U.S. security interests.
The senators, both key members of the Senate Armed Services committee,
accused Pakistani army and intelligence officials of supporting the
Haqqani network and other terrorist groups.
statement came as Pakistan boycotted a high-level international
conference on the future of Afghanistan. Pakistan said it chose not to
participate in the meeting, attended by some 100 nations and
international organizations, in light of a cross-border attack by NATO
late last month that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
McCain and Graham expressed “deep condolences” over the deaths, and said
they were confident the NATO and U.S. military investigation will
clarify the circumstances of “this terrible tragedy.”
U.S. President Barack Obama Sunday also expressed his condolences in a
telephone call to Pakistan's president. Mr. Obama said the incident was
regrettable and not a deliberate attack on Pakistan. The president said
the relationship with Pakistan is critical to the security of both