Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Arrives in Islamabad, Pakistan

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
October 28, 2009
Secretary Clinton Meets Pakistani Foreign Minister

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Secretary Clinton is currently traveling in Pakistan to continue efforts to create a comprehensive relationship with Pakistan that covers a whole range of issues that are important to the people of Pakistan, important to the people of the United States, and to the greater region. During her flight en route to Pakistan, Secretary Clinton described the trip by saying, "...While I am in Pakistan, I will be having a number of official meetings with not only the president, the prime minister, and the foreign minister, but other ministers in the government, members of parliament of a number of parties, as well as meeting with the opposition, the Sharifs. I will also be doing a lot of public diplomacy and engagement and doing events with students, with women, with Pashtun elders, going to pay respect to some of the cultural places of significance in Pakistan. So it’s going to be a very, very broad survey of everything we are doing and some of the announcements that I will be making on the trip to further demonstrate that we want a long-term relationship with Pakistan. We believe we have a lot in common. We have areas of disagreement, obviously. We’re trying to narrow those and expand common ground that we both can take over together.

So it’s going to be a very intensive trip. We’ll be hitting the ground and immediately going into meetings. I’ll be going to Lahore the next day, back to Islamabad, so we’re going to have a very, very busy schedule. So with that, let me just throw it over to all of you."

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Joellen R.
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Colorado, USA
October 28, 2009

Joellen in Colorado writes:

Interested in hearing more about your meetings with women. What are their hopes and dreams for their children? How is the violence impacting women and children? How many women are in leadership roles in the government? How can mothers in Pakistan and in the U.S. unite to protect the world's children?

Thank you for all you do!

In spirited partnership,
Joellen
Mothers Acting Up

Zharkov
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United States
October 28, 2009

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes:

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) -- U.S. drone strikes against suspected terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan could be breaking international laws against summary executions, the UN's top investigator of such crimes said.

"The problem with the United States is that it is making an increased use of drones/Predators (which are) particularly prominently used now in relation to Pakistan and Afghanistan," UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions Philip Alston told a press conference.

"My concern is that drones/Predators are being operated in a framework which may well violate international humanitarian law and international human rights law," he said.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20091028/wl_afp/unpakistanafghanistanusmissi...
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International law was written at a time when only nations declared war. Now that individual citizens can also wage war, it becomes a bit awkward to kill them without a trial, without warning, and even without much evidence of who they are. So is our Secretary of State liable for arrest in Pakistan as a co-conspirator to murder?

And what happened to the right to abolish a government as set forth in our own Declaration of Independence? Have individual liberty and human rights become obsolete concepts in an era of instant death by drone?

Are drone operators liable for murder of civilians when drones are used in undeclared wars against individuals?

Or do we now have a double standard that makes it legal for government officials to murder people but not the other way around?

Is anyone at the Pentagon or State Department aware that it is illegal under our own federal law to assassinate citizens of foreign countries in the absence of a state of war having been declared by Congress?

Normita
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California, USA
October 28, 2009

Normita in California writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton: Belated happy birthday wishes to you!

Your mission in Pakistan is crucial to peace and economic stability in the region. I'm looking forward to following your journey with the beautiful women, children, students and the folks through your dipnotes.

God bless you in your journey. You are simply the best!

Normita, a proud hillaryvillager

Ron
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New York, USA
October 28, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Pak-US Alliance: One of the keys to a successful U.S.-PAK Alliance is how the Pakistan deals with Muslim-Christian relations. There is considerable political conflict for Christian groups and leaders; and this reflects a failure of good governing. As with Afghanistan; we must not subordinate Human Rights to issues of anti-terror and regional security.

Donald
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Virginia, USA
October 28, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:

Meetings and discussions are fine but this is not stopping the Taliban forces? I urge President Barack Obama to make a decison about whether to send troops. There are choices to be made, decisons based on the current conflict and our forces in Afghanistan, General on the ground needs troops. I believe the solution is not sending troops to Afghanistan alone will solve this problem. In the heart of Pakistan is where the Taliban is being trained and equipped to fight our forces.

The new strategy for Pakistan should include the Government allowing our Soldiers, Sailors and Marines on the ground, provide the much needed security, then if the Secretary of Defense took up my idea of Sand Bags you could of saved billions of dollars on these wars many times over.

SAND BAG THE TALIBAN UNTIL THEY GIVE UP!

- 1. Environment Friendly
- 2. Not one shot from a cannon or weapon
- 3. Cost effectiveness, cheap to make
- 4. Does not destroy the ground but can be reused
- 5. Puts fear into the Taliban, constant bombings of sand bags
- 6. You can add things inside the Sand bags, rocks, ball bearings, grenades, anything.
- 7. The size of the bags can be 100 - 200 pound bags
- 8. Even if the Taliban were to try and hide in the mountains, sand bag them until they are buried or until they surrender.
- 9. When you think of the millions and billions of dollars spent on arms, weapons, explosives, when Sand Bags would have the same results costing a quarter of the price tag for these wars.

Summary: I don't know about you, but if a bomber came along and started bombing sand bags weighing 100 - 200 pounds at 35,000 feet, I can almost guarantee the area would be dusted after and your problems would be over quickly. Just the sound of those sand bags hitting the ground would make the Taliban run like rabbits being chased by dogs.

Godbless and goodluck!

Gold
October 28, 2009

Gold writes:

Secretary Clinton is such an inspiration to me. I am so glad I found this blog so I can stay informed about her work.

Joseph A.
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Oregon, USA
October 28, 2009

Joseph in Oregon writes:

Madam Secretary Hillary Clinton,

On the lighter side, please allow me to take a brief moment and wish you "a very Happy Birthday!"

Even though you are actively involved in engaging the Pakistani government today, please do take a moment to rflect and relax on this special day.

Wishing you the very best, many blessings on your Birthday!

P.S. Please note my comments posted on the Dipnote blog, I took the liberty of posting my suggestions for improving relations between the U.S. and the Mulsim community globally.

Ron
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New York, USA
October 28, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Question: How does a Pakistani (Christian) now in Brooklyn get rapid Visas for his children to U.S.A. from Peshawar? Is there a fast-track mechanism? A Pak-Desk Officer at State?

Colleen
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India
October 29, 2009

Colleen in India writes:

Madam Secretary, Please be careful! You are such a high-profile woman traveling in a very dangerous place. Please remember that Pakistan officials could not protect their own Benazir Bhutto, and be cautious.

That said, I hope your meetings prove fruitful. There is much we can learn from each other, and I'm sure you are experiencing the best hospitality that can be offered.

palgye
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South Korea
October 29, 2009

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Hi... The bomb terror occurs at the day when arrives and thinks the plentifully yellow thing. Says take care, but decrease the comparison which boils does not become and in the person who has a high position like that end does thinks that to the truth is difficult. (Is conceited the possibility of doing with thought substantially is to there is not a thing)

Thinks accident without the thing which will made a visit in the characteristic public official.

IHSAN N.
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Pakistan
October 29, 2009

Ishan in Pakistan writes:

Hello: Madam it's so kind of you to condemn terrorism in Pakistan, It is because of Kerry-Lugar Bill, Pressler's Amendments and such other marvelous acts those are hallmark of the U.S.A. Congress on behalf of American tax payers.

You must announce to offer Scholarships in the fields of Space Science, Information Technology, Biotechnology, Business Management, Agriculture and Nuclear Sciences in top universities of America especially for Pakistani students in order to strengthen People to People Contact. Secondly, we no need of AID but TRADE with America and through it with U.K. & EU. Thirdly, you are talking about DEMOCRACY but not condemning CORRUPTION you are well aware of it.

Only address these issues in your new policy and observe growth in People to People contact with Pakistan as you are working on it.

Ralph R.
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California, USA
October 29, 2009

Ralph in California writes:

Have any transcripts been made of the Pakistani students' QUESTIONS put to Secretary Clinton?

shahid w.
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Pakistan
October 29, 2009

Shahid in Pakistan writes:

H.E. Secretary Clinton: You might have enjoyed the ineteraction with the young generation at G.C.Uuniversity, Lahore. In the dark days in which Pakistani society is going nowadays, I think the students are only hope for best for Pakistan. Your presence and esp. $45 million for Higher Education will be greatest contribution from your country. This will bring democratic values and enlightment to the people of Pakistan.

Best Regards.

Roman
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Illinois, USA
October 29, 2009

Roman in Illinois writes:

Secretary Clinton, Your comments to the Pakistani press were the kind of dialog that we absolutely need. Thank you.

Please keep it up.

DipNote
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District Of Columbia, USA
October 29, 2009

DipNote Bloggers write:

@Ralph in Califonia -- Thanks for your question Ralph. Transcript of all of the Secretary's public events are being posted to the state.gov website at: http://www.state.gov/secretary/trvl/2009/130992.htm.

S.N.Rao
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Colorado, USA
October 29, 2009

S.N. in Colorado writes:

Madam Secretary: When I travel with my family to any new place on vacation we need couple days to adjust to that place but you don't have that luxury I guess. How do you keep yourself sane between dozens of timezones, different cultures and leaders with different ethos.

Nauman
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Pakistan
October 30, 2009

Nauman in Pakistan writes:

Secretary Clinton: We hear your message. Do not think what local media has been asking you so far is the view of majority - it could be theirs only. That you have made the effort to come here, stand with us in these times and extend a genuine hand of friendship means much now and I am sure will have its desired long term benefits. We say Salaam.

Fritz
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Germany
November 2, 2009

Fritz in Germany writes:

I'm from Germany and do not know all correct terms in English. In your site: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2009/sept/129572.htm

you are stating "Tuscon, Arizona", however I believe it should read "Tucson ....". Am I correct?

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