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Al Zawahiri is in Pakistan, says Hillary Clinton

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, May 07, 2012
First Published: 11:52 IST(7/5/2012) | Last Updated: 13:12 IST(7/5/2012)
Pakistan has not done enough on the terror question, US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, remarked at an interactive programme in Kolkata on Monday morning, pointing out Al Queda senior leader Al Zawahiri is still on the run somewhere in Pakistan.
 
Clinton ducked a question on whether the US would launch another operation that killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan.
 
“We want Pakistan as a part of the counter terrorism war,” she said.
 
“About 30,000 Pakistanis have been killed in terror attacks, far more than have been killed in the US or India,” remarked the US secretary of state, asserting it made a strong enough case for the government to act against the terror network.
 
Outlining her fears about terrorism and the nuclear question, Clinton said, the greatest US apprehension is that terrorists may come to control nuclear weapons. “If Iran is allowed to go ahead with its nuclear programme, it may fall in the hands of terrorists and some future leader may decide to use it,” she remarked.
 
Speaking on the terror question, Clinton said crushing Al Qaeda was the next big target of the US in the post-Osama Bin Laden world. “We want to disable Al Qaeda. Al Zawahiri is still on the run somewhere in Pakistan,” she commented.
 
Before leaving for New Delhi, Clinton spent about an hour in the state secretariat where she had a meeting with the woman who brought down the longest running elected communist government in the world.
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