Shed anti-Americanism, Clinton tells Pakistan

May 27th, 2011 - 5:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, May 27 (IANS) Pakistan should give up its “anti-Americanism and conspiracy theories” because they will help it overcome problems, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday.

“America cannot and should not solve Pakistan’s problems,” Clinton told a news conference here.

“But Pakistan should understand that anti-Americanism and conspiracy theories will not make their problems disappear,” she said.

Clinton, who is on a day’s visit, is the most senior US official to visit Islamabad since American commandos sneaked into Pakistan and gunned down Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden May 2.

She said the US had “tried to be a very good friend” of Pakistan, adding it had given billions of dollars for causes ranging from economic projects to Pakistani security forces.

“We are prepared to stand by the people of Pakistan in the long run,” she said. “Pakistan’s future is imperatively important for us, and more important for the people of Pakistan themselves.”

Clinton added: “We look forward to a strong Pakistan, one which is democratic.”

She, however, underlined the need for Pakistan to eliminate “extremists” - a reference to Islamist forces who have stepped up violent attacks since Osama’s killing in Abbottabad city May 2.

Clinton admitted that the two countries, although allied in the war on terror, had differences.

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