The trust between the US and Pakistan is very low,a top American Senator has said,ahead of the crucial visit of the new head of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to Washington.
Noting that the relationship between US and Pakistan is very important,Senator Dianne Feinstein,chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence,said that she would like to see an improved relationship between the two countries.
“I think it’s very important. I would like to see an improved relationship. I would like to do anything I possibly could to help that improved relationship,” Feinstein said in response to a question as the World Affairs Council-Washington.
“I think there is a new head of the Pakistan intelligence unit. I think we have made very clear to Pakistan what our concerns are.
“And the Pakistanis agreeing to reopen the GLOCs,which are the routes in which equipment comes into Afghanistan,I think that’s a very good sign,” she said.
“We now have another problem with attacks coming from Pakistan directly into Afghanistan,and so there is a real need there for Pakistan to step up.
This will be a test. Will they step up? Will they stop these attacks? And we need to develop trust. The trust is very low between the two countries. So these are some of the things that I think need to get done,” she said.
Feinstein said that there’s no question that Osama bin Laden raid into Abbottabad created friction with Pakistan.
“But it’s very difficult for most of us to believe that Osama bin Laden can live in a relatively large compound in a military-related community for over five years and that community does not know that he’s there,” she said.
“So this was a very important take-down because this was the head of the movement to kill Americans,3,000 of them,on 9/11 in those great buildings in New York City.
“And that was a mission really very carefully and very well carried out,” Feinstein said.