2 US senators call for tough line with Pakistan

Two key senators are suggesting that the U.S. take a harder line with Pakistan after the Pakistani government closed its border crossings with Afghanistan and demanded that the U.S. vacate a drone base.

Two key senators are suggesting that the U.S. take a harder line with Pakistan after the Pakistani government closed its border crossings with Afghanistan and demanded that the U.S. vacate a drone base.

Pakistan acted after NATO airstrikes on Saturday allegedly killed 24 Pakistani soldiers at two posts along the Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier.

Jon Kyl of Arizona, the Senate's No. 2 Republican, says "tough diplomacy" is needed and U.S. aid must be contingent upon Pakistan's cooperation in fighting al-Qaida.

His Democratic counterpart, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, cites "the incompetence and corruption" in Afghanistan and "complicity" in Pakistan Their comments on "Fox News Sunday" are evidence of Pakistan's relationship with the U.S. and Congress, which approves billions of dollars in military and civilian aid for Islamabad.

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