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John Kerry skips Pakistan to avoid election campaign

Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 16:23
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US Secretary of State John Kerry scrapped a schedule trip to Pakistan to avoid allegations of meddling in the next elections, US authorities said on Yesterday.

Kerry, who landed in neighboring Kabul after a visit to the Middle East, dropped Islamabad from his plan as Pakistan prepares for elections on May 11 that will mark the country’s 1st democratic transition of power.

“Originally Secretary Kerry was hopeful he’d be able to go to Pakistan on this trip as well,” a US official told reporters travelling with Kerry.

“But as the government there enters a very historic period on this electoral process we wanted to fully respect those institutions and the ongoing process.”

The United States is a key donor to Pakistan and there’s deep suspicion among many Pakistanis over United states involvement in the country.

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