Pakistan a ‘strong partner’ in terror war: White House
WASHINGTON: White House reiterated on Tuesday “Pakistan is a strong partner of the United States in the global war on terrorism.” “They’ve made significant progress, and they’ve made sacrifices, and we appreciate that,” Scott McClellan said.
Responding to a question at the daily White House briefing, the Spokesman said, “They are one of the number of countries around the world that are working closely with us to win the war on terrorism.” “We appreciate all the efforts they’re taking to go after those who seek to do harm to Americans and to the civilised world,” McClellan said. McClellan appreciated that Pakistan had also taken some steps with regard to democracy.
“They’ve taken some steps and we want to continue to encourage them to build upon those steps and take additional steps,” he added. Meanwhile, US State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher, at the daily press briefing, said the United States is focusing on 30-second radio advertisements in Urdu, Sindhi, Pashto and Balochi regarding Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zwahiri’s arrest. The spokesman was commenting on the rewards for justice campaign, possibility of raising reward for Osama Bin Laden and efficiency of media plan in remote areas of Pakistan.
“I don’t think there’s anything new on it. You have to try in a variety of ways to reach people, and part of it is the expansion of word of mouth. People see it in one place and travel and talk to others in other places”, Boucher added. He said, “We started on January 7th with an ad in the Jang, an Urdu language daily. The US embassy in Islamabad developed the media plan. They know the country well and they’re able to tell us how to reach the intended audience. So we’re now focusing on 30-second radio advertisements in Urdu, Sindhi, Pashto and Balochi. Television ads and quarter-page newspaper ads had also been run, featuring the 14 most wanted terrorists. So that’s where we’re going. We’ve got radio ads on Radio Pakistan’s three language stations.” app