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Taking Charge (updated w/video)

October 28, 2009

091028_ClintonPakistaniFlagLaura Rozen has more details on Secretary Clinton’s very busy first full day in Islamabad:

Since touching down this morning in the Pakistani capital, Clinton has held a working lunch meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Qureshi; held a joint news conference with Qureshi for Pakistani and American press, just hours after some 100 people were killed in a huge blast at a Peshawar women’s market; met with Pakistani Prime Minister Ashraf Gilani; hosted a roundtable for Pakistani media at the U.S. embass;, gave out awards to impoverished Pakistani women and then was the guest of honor at a dinner hosted by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari at the presidential palace with some 300 other guests that stretched until 11:30pm.

And this is just Clinton’s first day of a week-long trip, begun after her 62nd birthday on Monday. On Thursday, her schedule in the cultural capital of Lahore includes a visit to a mosque, two town hall sessions with students and women’s groups at a university, a working lunch with the opposition leader Nawaz Sharif and his brother, a ceremony to mark the elevation of the U.S. mission in Lahore into a full fledged consulate and a round table with Pakistani Urdu media. She’ll then fly back to to Islamabad after dinner time.

The weekend brings rumors of possible stops in every place from Afghanistan to Israel and the West Bank before heading to a confirmed destination in Morocco on Monday…


In remarks before the dinner he hosted for Clinton tonight, President Zardari said he was sad remembering that the last time Clinton had been here his wife had still been alive (Bhutto was killed in December 2007). Clinton recalled her first visit to Pakistan in 1995, accompanied by her then-high school-age daughter Chelsea. She said her husband had recently given her a photo of her and Chelsea and of Bhutto holding her two children’s hands, and the picture evoked powerful grief for her about her slain friend.

“These attacks on innocent people are cowardly,” Clinton said in a sometimes emotional press conference.. “They are not courageous. They are cowardly. If the people behind these attacks were so sure of their beliefs, let then join the politicil process. Let them make the case that they don’t want girls to go school, that they want to hold women back, that they believe they have all the answers. Let them make that case and see how far they would get. They know they are on the losing side of history.”

UPDATE: Here is a very interesting interview Secretary Clinton did today on Pakistani Television- it actually has several parts and it’s a tad confusing but here we go:

For some reason, I can only find the very beginning of the interview (Part 1) here.







3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ted permalink
    October 28, 2009 8:09 pm

    Wow, great updates. Thanks for this. Those interviewers asked some tough questions and it’s clear Hillary really knows her stuff.

  2. Krishna permalink
    October 28, 2009 8:11 pm

    You americans dont understand you cannot work with Pakistan. They are control by radicals – we in India learned this long ago. Once you raise troops in Afghanistan then what? Are you prepared to then send them to Pakistan in addition to your unmanned drones? You will be fighting 3 wars good luck.

  3. pcfs1 permalink
    October 29, 2009 10:19 am

    WTG!!!!!!! Sec. Clinton. On “Morning Joe” this morning they showed the video clip of the above interview and all the guests on the show gave her High, High marks. She has courage, smarts and knows her savy. Telling like it is. I know we are all so proud of her. Keep safe Madame Secretary.

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