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Statements about Pakistan by Government Officials

October 22, 2012

 

State Department Regular Briefing

 

Briefer: Mark Toner, Deputy Spokesman, Department of State.

Location: State Department Briefing Room.

Time: 1:19 p.m. EDT

 Q: Did Pakistan share with the U.S. the report — the report of the Abbottabad commission, which was established after Osama bin Laden was killed in last — May last year?

MR. TONER: Frankly, we’ve just seen reports in the Pakistani press about the Abbottabad commission report. You know, as we’ve stated previously, we obviously share with the government of Pakistan a profound interest in finding out what kinds of support networks bin Laden might have had. So, you know, we believe such a report, when it does finally get finalized and published, that it’s an important for the American people and the Pakistani people to know.

Q: Do you agree with the assessment that also come up in the news reports that no one in Pakistan knew about the presence of Osama bin Laden in — (inaudible) –

MR. TONER: Can you repeat just the first part of your question again? Do I agree with –

Q: Do I — do you agree with the assessment of the report which has appeared in the Pakistani newspapers and elsewhere that no one inside Pakistan knew that Osama bin Laden is present in the city for last five years?

MR. TONER: Again, we’ve not yet seen the report itself so, you know, you’re asking me to comment on press reports about the report’s contents, so let’s wait until we have the report, and then we’ll be happy to comment on it.

Q: And finally, during this investigation, did the Pakistani team seek any information, assistance as part of the investigation from the U.S.?

MR. TONER: From the U.S.? Not that I’m aware. If that’s different, I’ll find out.

Q: Thank you.

MR. TONER: Yep.

Q: Different question on Pakistan. As far as shooting of the 14-year-old girl, Malala, now she is in U.K. for further advanced treatment. And what do we learn from this shooting? And is there a message for anybody from this shooting that there is still — terrorism is still there, or –

MR. TONER:Well, the message couldn’t be more clear, you know, when you’re talking about the right of young girls to receive an education, you know, and the fact that these individuals, these terrorists are looking to wipe out or stop these girls from access to education, access to their very basic rights. I think it was a clear message to the Pakistani people and one that’s clearly resonated with them. And, you know, and I think it strengthened their resolve.

Q: Anybody from the administration had any conversation after the shooting with any Pakistani officials or ambassador?

MR. TONER: Ongoing, I know. In fact, Ambassador Grossman was in Pakistan over the weekend. So I’m sure that that was a topic of conversation.

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