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Pakistan has become ground zero of terrorism, says Kerry

Source: PTI
February 26, 2009 02:19 IST
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Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee John Kerry said on Wednesday that Pakistan has become the "ground zero of terrorism" and "security threat" to the United States.
Speaking after the release of a report on Pakistan by the prestigious Atlantic Council at the Capitol Hill, Kerry said
the war in Afghanistan is being lost in Pakistan.
Kerry also expressed his serious concerns over the Swat valley peace treaty with the Taliban terrorists. He added the time is running fast in Pakistan as the perpetrators of the 9/11 (which was planned from Afghanistan) are now sitting next door.
Kerry also said it is time that the international community should come together to help Pakistan come out from its present economic mess.
Kerry would soon be introducing a legislation in the US Congress to triple the non-military aid to Pakistan. However, this non-military aid has to be conditional and would be linked directly with Islamabad's efforts and success in its war against terrorism, he said.
The report, released jointly by Senators Kerry and Chuck Hagel, asks for an additional US $ 4-5 billion of immediate
financial aid for Pakistan to avert an economic meltdown.
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