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For all its challenges, Pakistan remains a vital partner in our efforts against Al Qaeda’s global insurgency. My recent visits have convinced me that success in Afghanistan demands that we help build a stable and moderate Pakistan. That means our relationship with Pakistan cannot begin and end with helping its military - we must also speak directly to its people and its civilian government. Pakistan’s prosperity and its security - as well as our own - depend on it.

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., his party’s presidential nominee in 2004, is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.