U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
Other State Department Archive SitesU.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
Home Issues & Press Travel & Business Countries Youth & Education Careers About State Video

Remarks on Pakistan

John D. Negroponte, Deputy Secretary of State
Islamabad, Pakistan
November 18, 2007

View Video

President Musharraf has been and continues to be a strong voice against extremism. We value our partnership with the government of Pakistan under the leadership of President Musharraf. We welcome President Musharraf's announcement that elections will take place in January, a commitment he repeated to me yesterday in categorical terms. He also repeated his commitment to retire from his army post before commencing his second presidential term and we urge him to do so as soon as possible. Unfortunately the recent political actions against protesters, suppression of the media and the arrests of political and human rights leaders, runs directly counter to the reforms that have been undertaken in recent years. Their continuation undermines the progress that Pakistan has made. I urged the government of Pakistan to stop such actions, to lift the state of emergency and release all political detainees. Emergency rule is not compatible with free, fair and credible elections.

A democratic Pakistan that continues the fight against terror is vital to the interests of both the United States and Pakistan.

I also have no doubt about the commitment of the Pakistani government, the Pakistani army and the Pakistani security forces to deal with that situation (violence in northwest frontier region).

We believe that the path of political moderation is the best way forward for Pakistan and that to the extent that that is true, reconciliation between the moderate political forces is a very desirable thing and could well set the conditions for a successful election.



Released on November 19, 2007

  Back to top

U.S. Department of State
USA.govU.S. Department of StateUpdates  |   Frequent Questions  |   Contact Us  |   Email this Page  |   Subject Index  |   Search
The Office of Electronic Information, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department. External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein.
About state.gov  |   Privacy Notice  |   FOIA  |   Copyright Information  |   Other U.S. Government Information

Published by the U.S. Department of State Website at http://www.state.gov maintained by the Bureau of Public Affairs.