“They inspired and conspired with the extremists responsible for the deaths of 35,000 Pakistani citizens and the deaths of more than 5,000 Pakistani soldiers,” said Kerry.
He said he was pleased the Pakistani government has committed “to explore how increased cooperation on joint operations and intelligence sharing can maximize our efforts … to defeat the enemies we face.”
Kerry also announced that Pakistan had agreed to return the tail of a stealth U.S. helicopter that American commandos had to destroy during the bin Laden raid because it malfunctioned.
While in Afghanistan on Sunday, Kerry made it clear to reporters that patience was running thin in Washington, where many have long questioned Pakistan’s commitment to fighting militants.
The U.S. has long pressed Pakistan to take action against several powerful Afghan Taliban factions taking shelter on its soil. The leader of the Afghan insurgency, Mullah Omar, is widely believed to be in the southwest Pakistani province of Baluchistan, and allegations he is being harbored by the country have been strengthened since the death of bin Laden.
Many in the U.S. Congress are saying that Washington should cut aid to the country.
In a parliamentary resolution Saturday, Pakistani lawmakers did not mention the fact that bin Laden was living in an army town or the suspicions of collusion, but instead warned of the consequences if any more American incursions were to take place in the future.
They also threatened to stop NATO and U.S. trucks from using its land routes to ferry supplies across the border to troops in Afghanistan if Washington continues missile attacks on its territory.
Much is at stake. The United States needs Pakistan’s cooperation if it hopes to find a political solution to the Afghan war, and needs Pakistan’s military help against insurgents using its lawless tribal areas to stage attacks against American, coalition and Afghan forces.
It also needs to ensure that nuclear-armed Pakistan does not succumb to rising Islamic extremism and its own tenacious insurgency.
Pakistan’s failing economy desperately needs American and other foreign aid. Since 2002, Pakistan has received more than $20 billion from the U.S., making the country one of the largest U.S. aid recipients, according to the Congressional Research Service. Nearly $9 billion of that has been reimbursement for Pakistan’s costs in supporting the U.S.-led military campaign in Afghanistan.
• Associated Press writers Nahal Toosi and Sebastian Abbot contributed to this report.