Clinton comes to Pakistan with strong words, cash
ISLAMABAD — The last time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Pakistan, she was asked why the United States persisted in killing innocent civilians with its secret program of drone strikes. And she speculated that officials in the Pakistani government knew the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden and other leaders of al Qaeda.
The mood was less charged this time, which may not have been surprising, given that Clinton brought $500 million worth of U.S. aid to fix Pakistan’s power grid and help with water distribution.
But the deep gulf of misunderstanding between Pakistan and the United States was still on display Monday, the second day of Clinton’s visit to Islamabad, as she prodded Pakistanis to do more against Islamic militants and explained why the U.S. was reluctant to share nuclear technology with a country that has a history of proliferation.
“It would be very helpful if we could get them,” Clinton said of al Qaeda and bin Laden. “I believe they’re here in Pakistan.”
Clinton offered guarded support for peace negotiations with the Haqqani network and other insurgent groups, but she cautioned Afghans and Pakistanis to enter such talks with open eyes.