US Not Likely to Stop Aid to Pakistan, Despite State of Emergency

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- While the Bush administration has voiced concern about a state of emergency being declared in Pakistan, it's not likely to interrupt the flow of counterterrorism aid.

During a stop in the West Bank today, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the administration believes that the best thing right now is to continue its relationship with President Pervez Musharraf's (pur-VEHZ' moo-SHAH'-ruhvz) government. However she also urged the Pakistani leader to end his affiliation with the army and restore civilian rule.

Meantime, the Pentagon has postponed a meeting scheduled for this week in Islamabad between senior American and Pakistani defense officials.

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