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Pakistan: The Critical Partner Where Many Insist Bin Laden Is Alive

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were in Islamabad today (May 27, 2011).
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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were in Islamabad today (May 27, 2011).

Two stories; two very different views that underscore the incredibly complicated U.S.-Pakistan relationship:

-- "Clinton: Pakistan Needs To Take 'Decisive Steps' ": In Pakistan today, "U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said ... that relations between the United States and Pakistan had reached a turning point after the killing of Osama bin Laden and Islamabad must make 'decisive steps' in the days ahead to fight terrorism." ( The Associated Press)

-- "In Pakistan, Doubts Persist About Bin Laden's Death": From Lahore, Morning Editionhost Steve Inskeep reports on the people he's met this week who do not believe that U.S. commandos killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. As Steve notes, Pakistan is a country that embraces conspiracy theories and "a recent Gallup poll of Pakistanis found that 49 percent do not believe bin Laden was killed in the way the U.S. says. One woman, Faisa Agha, says she's sure bin Laden wasn't killed: "Of course not. If he was there, you guys would've been there a lot sooner."

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