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Zardari good anti-terror ally: US

world Updated: Mar 02, 2012 02:35 IST
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US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has said Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is a "good" partner in war on terror, but refrained from giving a similar certificate to the Pakistani military and ISI, who she said have maintained links with militant groups for decades.

Testifying before a Congressional committee yesterday, Clinton said, "I think Congressman, what President Zardari told you on behalf of the civilian leadership of the government of Pakistan is true."

"He has been a good partner in going after terrorism that threatens his country and Afghanistan and our troops," she said while responding to questions from Senator Michael Mccaul.

Denying that US has any proof of any Pakistani high-level officials knowing about the presence of Osama bin Laden, she said, "We have no evidence of any high-level official knowing about bin Laden. But, like you, I have to assume that lower-level people had to have known something. But we haven't proven that. It could be asserted, but not yet proven."

"This is a complicated, difficult relationship. What we are doing now is making it very clear what our expectations have to be going forward. And there is no doubt in my mind that certain elements of the Pakistani government are more ambivalent about cracking down on terrorism than other elements," Clinton said.

"When I talk to the ambassador or talk to the Prime Minister and others, I think they are very sincere."