By Matthew Lee, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to visit Pakistan soon, amid worsening tensions between Washington and Islamabad following the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil.

The trip comes as lawmakers question Pakistan’s counterterrorism cooperation and call for cuts in U.S. aid.

Officials said Tuesday that Senator John Kerry will travel to Pakistan and Afghanistan in the coming days in what would be the first such trip by a senior lawmaker since the bin Laden operation.

Kerry has been a champion of U.S. aid to Pakistan and the Obama administration has in the past asked him to smooth tensions with Islamabad.

Kerry’s office would not confirm his travel, citing security reasons. The senator said last week he would visit Afghanistan this weekend.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

APTV-05-10-11 1243EDT

Comments (5)
  1. Mark says:

    Get another SEAL team ready. New target JFK wannabe!

  2. emom says:

    WHY,,,, WHY DO POLITICIANS FEEL THE NEED TO TRAVEL TO A WAR TORN COUNTRY AND RISK GETTING YOUR HEAD BLOWN OFF……. honestly Its bad enough our families , the troops are there FIGHTing for us, BUT man really you want to go over there and RISK you life,, fine BUT hey stay out of the areas that are trouble, no going to the line of fire to see whats going on…. dont risk your life so our troops has to protect you and then distract them from their mission,,, WHY GO ….

  3. Pixel says:

    I wish he would just stay there. Why do we keep this guy?

  4. taxedout says:

    Is he going in his yacht??? If he does as much for them as he’s done for this state the place will be the same when he gets back!!!Please Stay!!!

  5. ken Miller says:

    How fitting, He colaborated with the enemy during Vietnam and now he’s talking to this den of thieves and terrorists. He co-sponsored the bill that sent all this money to Pakstan in the first place. Pakistans lobbyist have him in their pockets.
    Vietnam Vet

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