U.S. to share details of bin Laden case with Pakistan
By Christiane Amanpour
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- The United States will soon present a "thoughtful presentation of the case so far" against Osama bin Laden to Pakistan's government and president, a senior Western diplomat said Friday.
Pakistan has sided with the United States, and U.S. officials are said to be keen to keep the government of Pakistan informed as to why it is pursuing the Saudi-exile for the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.
The senior diplomat also said the United States is expected to soon lift some sanctions against both Pakistan and India.
The diplomat said the reason the sanctions were imposed was to deter both countries from developing nuclear weapons, "but they have tested them, they are here, and we need to review those sanctions now."
In addition, the diplomat said, referring to Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf: "We need a strong partner. His strength depends on the strength of his society. That means economic revival."
To that end, said the diplomat, Congress will move up discussions on the issue of helping Pakistan retire its foreign debt.
"None of this is a quid pro quo," said the diplomat, adding that the Pakistanis have given their support to the United States without condition.
This Western diplomat said the United States is concerned about three issues which are of concern to the Pakistani people -- the evidence against bin Laden, the perception that the United States is attacking Islam, and the perception that the United States is against the Afghan people.
The diplomat said the presentation will help the Pakistani government understand why the United States wants bin Laden. The diplomat also pointed to President Bush's address to Congress in which the president said Islam is not America's enemy and pointed to terrorists who, Bush said, pervert Islam.
The diplomat also noted Bush's remark that the United States is not against the Afghan people but is the largest donor of aid to help the Afghans, aid that amounts to $170 million this year.
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