US not influencing Pak institutions through Kerry-Lugar Bill: Senator Inouye

      US Senator Daniel Inouye has rebuffed Pakistani concerns over certain clauses in the Kerry-Lugar Bill, saying the US has no intention of influencing any institution in Pakistan, but only trying to help it. His statement came after Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari told him that were concerns being expressed in certain quarters about some of the provisions of the Kerry-Lugar Bill and that the USA and Pakistan need to work together to alleviate these concerns. Zardari also said that Pakistan and the US should sign free-trade agreements, which would empower the people of Pakistan with greater economic opportunities. On this, Inouye said that it was in the interest of both the countries to work in partnership, which will bring stability not only to Pakistan but also the whole region.

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