U.S. Pressuring Pakistan For More Info About Its Airline Travelers

pakistan-mapBy Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — One month after authorities captured the N.Y. car bomber — who talked of links to Pakistan — the U.S. is pressuring that nation to share more info about the travel history of its airline passengers, the New York Times is reporting.

Up until now, Pakistan has been resistant to give more information about travelers, citing an intrusion of privacy, the Times reported.

But the U.S feels it could benefit from more information about the travels of those coming from Pakistan to help detect travel patterns of terrorists and their supporters. Time will tell if the pressure works.

“Terrorists are enemies of both Pakistan and the United States, who need to discuss how to enhance cooperation and that is what we are doing,” Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, said in a text message to the Times on Sunday. “Pressuring an ally is not the way forward, and both sides understand that.”

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