Serial No. 110-130: Democracy, Authoritarianism and Terrorism in Contemporary Pakistan, Hearing before the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, November 7, 2007   [open pdf - 582KB]

From the opening statement of Tom Lantos. "Let me first apologize to our distinguished witness, but the floor schedule slipped, and we just cast our last series of votes. It is also a very good day because, given the spectacular speech of the President of France, I think we are on the verge of a renaissance of Franco-American relations of unprecedented proportions, which augurs well for Europe, the United States and for the stability of the entire world. Today's hearing could not be more timely. A few weeks ago when I called this hearing, we planned to deal with the state of political affairs in Pakistan and how the United States could best help to provide stability and security in the region. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte was invited to testify on the situation of terrorist elements finding sanctuary in the border areas of Pakistan. We asked that he analyze the effectiveness of current United States foreign policy toward Pakistan. We also requested the Secretary to give us his assessment of the strength of al-Qaeda and the Taliban and other terrorist organizations. We suggested that he offer an evaluation of the current political leadership in Pakistan. Secretary Negroponte, we were quite pleased that you accepted our invitation to testify back then. Given what has happened since Saturday, we are delighted that you did not break our date. No doubt, your prepared testimony has evolved over the last few days. From the perspective of the United States, what happens in Pakistan is of tremendous importance. The political crisis there has broad implications for our country, for Afghanistan and for all the nations in the region. Today, we will address some of those concerns." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John D. Negroponte, Russ Carnahan, Donald A. Manzullo, and Mike Pence.

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