Kerry hails US-Pakistan relations http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24605533
Some fourteen years after being ousted in a military coup, self-made businessman Nawaz Sharif has secured a resounding election victory to become Pakistan’s Prime Minister once again.
The world that the steel magnate returns to is of course a very different one to the one he left in 1999, when General Pervez Musharraf seized power in a coup d’etat.
Today’s Pakistan’s economy has felt the full force of the recession that has hammered the rest of the world. The rupee has been devalued to such an extent that the days when you could say ’20 rupees make one British pound’ appear to be some distant fantasy.
The people of Pakistan are still living in a third world country where running water is a luxury for most, as is the idea of getting fed.
There is no welfare system to speak or adequate hospitals either.
All the while, some of the poorest people on earth have had to endure almost daily drone strikes in Pakistan’s so-called tribal areas, and the well-heeled urban elite have learned to stay at home as terrorists strike in the country’s main cities.
Despite all this. the people of Pakistan turned up in large numbers – turnout was reported to have been 60 per cent – to put their faith in this man.
Let’s hope he doesn’t let them down.
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Pakistan will reopen crucial supply routes to Nato-led forces in Afghanistan.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made the announcement in Washington after talks by phone with her Pakistani counterpart, Hina Rabbani Khar.
Islamabad had closed the supply line following an airstrike strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November.
However, Mrs Clinton said in a statement: “I offered our sincere condolences to the families of the Pakistani soldiers who lost their lives.
“Foreign Minister Khar and I acknowledged the mistakes that resulted in the loss of Pakistani military lives.
“We are sorry for the losses suffered by the Pakistani military. We are committed to working closely with Pakistan and Afghanistan to prevent this from ever happening again.”
Pakistan confirmed the Nato supply lines would reopen and that it would not raise transit fees when the lines re-open.
America had “run out of patience” with Pakistan, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said during an unscheduled visit to Afghanistan.
The Pentagon Chief was speaking to troops gathered at the airport in Kabul. The comments brought to an end Panetta’s week-long trip to Asia during which he explained the new US military strategy, which calls for a shift in strategic focus to the Asia-Pacific region.
“We are reaching the limits of our patience here, ” Panetta said.
“It is difficult to achieve peace in Afghanistan as long as there is safe haven for terrorists in Pakistan.
“It is very important for Pakistan to take steps. It is an increasing concern, the issue of safe haven.”
“..we have every responsibility to defend ourselves and… we’ve got to put pressure on Pakistan to take them on as well”.