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Biden Reaffirms Alliance with Pakistan in Visit to Islamabad


Yousuf Raza Gilani, Pakistan's prime minister, right, speaks as Vice President-elect Joseph Biden listens, in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Asad Zaidi/Bloomberg News)

By Pamela Constable
KABUL, Afghansitan -- Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) arrived in Islamabad, Pakistan, late Friday, just 11 days before he is scheduled to be sworn in as the U.S. vice-president. Biden, who is traveling with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), told Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari that the United States regards Pakistan as an "important ally and partner" in the war on terrorism.

Pakistan is embroiled in a tense confrontation with neighboring India, also a major U.S. ally, over allegations that a Pakistan-based Islamist group was behind the three-day siege in the Indian city of Mumbai in November that left more than 170 people dead. India has suggested that Pakistani state agencies were involved, which Zardari and other officials have vehemently denied.

Biden and Graham are expected to travel to Afghanistan in the next several days. In recent months, Biden has publicly expressed frustration with the Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai, which is widely regarded as weak and corrupt. Karzai, in turn, has grown increasingly critical of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan.

The two senators are expected to press both Pakistani and Afghan authorities for tougher commitments to the battle against Islamist extremism as the United States prepares to send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan to bolster the protracted war against Taliban insurgents. The number would nearly double the current U.S. troop presence.

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 9, 2009; 2:32 PM ET
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Comments

pakistan is a terrorist state. the pakistan terrorists who attacked mumbai and killed us soldiers in afghanistan, the pakistan government and army and intelligence services have been operating together for two decades now.

pakistan is brutally torturing kashmiris and balochis.pakistan administered kashmir and balochistan are nazi run concentration camps.

if the us is serious about eliminating terror in afghanistan it has to first distance itself from pakistan and cut off all aid.
here are reports from human rights organizations and british newspapers on pakistan's colonialism in kashmir and balochistan:

http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2006/09/20/pakistan-free-kashmir-far-free

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/aug/29/pakistan.humanrights

Posted by: sd71 | January 10, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

It is great to finally see someone in the United States Government who knows what's going on in that region of the world. Mr. Biden is well informed and educated about the Middle East and specially Knows and commented many times on Mr. Karzai and his government's achievenments. I hope being in the white house does not change his views on Afghanistan and the world. Change has finally come to the United States and now we are waiting to see change in Afghanistan.

Posted by: jalalrabbani | January 9, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Technically Biden is no longer a senator and Graham is from SC, not Texas.

Is there a proof reader at the Post? Because I'm looking for some work.

Posted by: smgx | January 9, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

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