Senators Link Pakistan Aid To Focus On Extremists

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Senators say they're willing to send more money to Pakistan to fight extremists, but only if the nation shares the same goals as the United States.

The Democratic chairman of the Senate panel that oversees the military said Thursday that the U.S. should help Pakistan become safer and more stable.

But Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan said Pakistan needs to focus on the Taliban and extremists who are threatening security in its northwest regions. He said the Pakistani government also needs to publicly commit to fighting those extremists.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said the Pakistani government knows it needs to do that. But he said based on the nation's history of focusing on longtime rival India that it's not clear that will happen.

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