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Oct. 29 (Bloomberg) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said some Pakistani officials probably know where al- Qaeda is holed up in the country and urged the government to hunt down the terrorist group.“Al-Qaeda has had safe haven in Pakistan since 2002,” Clinton told a group of editors in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore. “I find it hard to believe that nobody in your government knows where they are and couldn’t get them if they really wanted to. Maybe that’s the case; maybe they’re not gettable. I don’t know.”
Clinton made the comments on the second day of a visit to support economic development, counter rising anti-American sentiment and chip away at mistrust of U.S. aims in the region, during which she was due to meet with Pakistani opposition leaders as well as military and intelligence chiefs.
Clinton, who condemned yesterday’s bombing in the northwestern city of Peshawar that killed at least 105 people, called on former premier Nawaz Sharif, leader of the main opposition. She is scheduled to meet Pakistan’s most powerful national security policymaker, the army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, this evening in Islamabad.
Saying that she was “more than willing” to listen to Pakistani complaints about U.S. policies, Clinton stressed that Pakistan has to be mindful of American security concerns.
“But this is a two-way street,” Clinton said. “I ask in the pursuit of mutual respect that you take seriously our concerns.”
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