Poll results won't affect US-Pak ties: Envoy

US Ambassador to Pakistan Ryan C Crocker says the policy on war on terror will remain unchanged despite Democrats coming to power.

india Updated: Nov 10, 2006 13:24 IST

US Ambassador to Pakistan Ryan C Crocker has said that the Democratic Party's success in the US midterm elections would not affect Washington's relations with Islamabad.

The US policy on the war on terror would remain unchanged, he said, utilising a cultural function in Lahore to emphasise the need for continued coordination in the fight against terrorism.

The ambassador said that the US-led war on terror was at a critical stage, and Pakistan was "an important ally, so the relationship between the two countries would improve," the Daily Times newspaper quoted him as saying.

He was talking to mediapersons after the convocation of the Access English Microscholarship Programme (AEMP) organised by the Care Foundation in collaboration with the US Consulate in Lahore.

Driving the point further, he said: "A vicious enemy is waiting for us out there and yesterday's incident in Dargai was a sad example of that," Crocker said.

He said the US strongly condemned the incident and the American people stood by their allies in critical situations such as this one.

The envoy also condoled with the families of those killed in the suicide attack in Dargai in northern Pakistan at an army recruitment camp that killed 42 and injured 40 other would-be soldiers.

Crocker had raised a controversy last month when he reportedly gave a clean chit to Pakistan on the question of fomenting terrorism in India.

The high-profile envoy is tipped to be shifted to Baghdad, according to reports in Pakistani media, replacing Afghan-born American, Zalmay Khalilzad.

First Published: Nov 10, 2006 12:41 IST