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Kerry: Washington, Islamabad at 'Critical Moment'

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TEHRAN, May 17 (ICANA) – The death of world's most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden continues to raise costs for the Pakistani establishment.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 11:35:39 AM
Kerry: Washington, Islamabad at 'Critical Moment'

Embarrassed and confused Pakistan's civilian and military leadership held important talks ahead of the arrival of President Obama's trouble-shooter for the Af-Pak region, Senator John Kerry.

The discovery of the Al-Qaeda chief living undetected for 5 years close to the capital Islamabad has seriously alarmed the Americans with Washington insisting that it has evidence that Pakistan has and is complicit in continually sheltering the Afghan Taliban and al-Qaeda leadership.

Visiting US Senator Kerry first held a meeting with the Pakistan Army Chief General Kiyani. Kerry next held detailed talks with Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and gave a list of “specific demands” relating to American suspicions about Pakistan's harboring of militants. His visit comes days after the Pakistan Parliament hurriedly adopted a unanimous decision condemning the US Violation of Pakistan's Sovereignty and further demanding an end to US drone strikes.

With the Americans tightening the screw on Islamabad, the objective of the Obama administration is to finally tighten the noose around al-Qaeda and the Taliban sheltering in Pakistan ahead of the Afghanistan end game.

The message from Washington once again reads “You are with us or against us “.

For the Obama administration, patience with Islamabad is fast running out. Even though Pakistan's importance is very much understood, the latest Osama bin Laden debacle has further added to the notion that Pakistan is increasingly been seen by Washington as a nuisance rather than a positive force.

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