As Vice President Biden prepares to visit Pakistan this week, he must let the Pakistani government know that billions of dollars in U.S. aid must be matched by tangible accomplishments in combating terrorism in frontier lands where al Qaeda and other insurgencies have found safe haven, experts and military officials say.
Biden is expected to meet with Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and Pakistan's powerful Chief of the Army Staff Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani to discuss counterterrorism and Pakistan's deepening economic crisis, according to Pakistani officials.
The goal of the vice president's discussions will be to get Pakistan more directly involved in an aggressive anti-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan. Experts say the Obama administration must make it clear that it will not tolerate Pakistani military and intelligence agencies that aid the Taliban or harbor terrorists.
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