ISLAMABAD, Aug 7: President Gen Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday expressed disappointment at the recently adopted US legislation making aid to Pakistan conditional, and told the visiting American Senator Richard J. Durbin that it constituted an irritant in the bilateral relations just as the statements from Washington advocating unilateral strike in the country’s tribal region were.

He also underscored that the bilateral relationship ought to be based on trust and confidence in moving forward on issues of common interest, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Office here.

Senator Durbin, a Democrat, called on the president in Karachi and he was accompanied by the US Ambassador Anne Patterson. During the meeting that focused on Pakistan-US relations, vital issues relating to counter-terrorism were discussed.

This was the president’s first interaction with an American congressman after the passage of the controversial US legislation.

Senator Durbin was elected in December 2006 as the Assistant Majority Leader, also known as Majority Whip, which is the Senate’s second highest ranking position.

“The president expressed disappointment at the passage by the US Congress of the recent legislation on ‘Implementation of 9/11 Commission Recommendations’, which introduces conditionalities on future assistance to Pakistan,” the Foreign Office statement said.

Senator Durbin in turn held out the assurance that the US Congress would continue to support Pakistan in counter-terrorism efforts and in meeting its national development goals.



Crime against humanity
Updated 03 Dec 2021

Crime against humanity

The government has yet to fulfil its long-standing pledge to criminalise enforced disappearances.
03 Dec 2021

Revised valuations

THE revised property valuations notified by the FBR for 40 cities for the purpose of collecting federal taxes —...
03 Dec 2021

PWD await rights

ON the International Day of Disabled Persons, it is important to take stock of how far Pakistan has come in ensuring...
02 Dec 2021

Funding for polls

THE PTI government’s autocratic mentality is again on full display, even as it feigns adherence to the law....
02 Dec 2021

Soaring prices

PRICES are surging. And they are increasing at a much faster pace than anticipated, burdening millions of...
Ali Wazir’s bail
Updated 02 Dec 2021

Ali Wazir’s bail

IT has been a long time coming, but MNA and Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement leader Ali Wazir has finally been granted bail...