Pakistan: Balancing Reform and Counterterrorism, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, July 14, 2004   [open pdf - 188KB]

From the opening statement of Richard G. Lugar. "The Foreign Relations Committee meets today for an important discussion on Pakistan, a key ally of the United States in the global war on terrorism. Pakistan's efforts against terrorists within its borders, its stewardship of its own nuclear arsenal, and its relations with other nations in the region are critical to global security. The commitment of the U.S. Government to provide Pakistan with $3 billion in assistance over 5 years is a measure of Pakistan's importance to our own national security objectives. President Musharraf faces immense challenges in rooting out extremism and putting Pakistan on a stable path toward economic development and democracy. He has called for modernization and conciliation across the Islamic world to reverse the spread of terrorist influences and movements. Pakistan has improved its economic performance over the last 2 years and increased spending on health and education. To be fully successful, Pakistan's efforts at reform and modernization will require broad-based participation by the Pakistani people. Institutional checks and balances, along with accountability and transparency, are important elements needed for long-term stability in Pakistan. The international community and the United States should support reforms and contribute to the strengthening of Pakistani civilian institutions." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joseph R. Biden, Richard G. Lugar, Teresita C. Schaffer, and Marvin Weinbaum.

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