Clinton, in Pakistan, Confronts Rising Hostility
It comes at a tense moment in Pakistani-American relations, in the wake of a furor over an American aid package that many Pakistanis say intrudes on their country’s sovereignty, and in the heat of a military offensive in South Waziristan, which the United States encouraged, but that has set off terrorist attacks across the country.
The attacks and the aid package, which places some requirements on the government that have angered the military, have stoked already growing anti-American sentiments that have even spread to the country’s elite.
“It is unfortunate that there are those who question our motives, who perhaps are skeptical that we are going to commit to a long-term relationship,” Mrs. Clinton said to reporters traveling with her to Pakistan. “I want to try to clear the air on that while I’m in the country.”