Pakistan Says U.S. Aid Bill Casts Shadow On Relations
July 29, 2007 -- Pakistan's Foreign Ministry says new U.S. legislation linking aid for Pakistan to progress in cracking down on Al-Qaeda casts a shadow on ties with Washington.
Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said such linkage did not serve the interest of cooperation in the past and it can prove detrimental in the future.
The legislation reflects concern among U.S. lawmakers that Al-Qaeda has become entrenched in safe havens in Pakistan's tribal region on the border with Afghanistan.
A Pakistani tribesman patrols near Wana in South Waziristan (AFP)
NO MAN'S LAND. Fighting erupted in March involving tribesmen in Pakistan's fiercely independent western regions, where reports suggest locally backed offensives targetted Uzbek and other foreign Taliban sympathizers.