Media reports said that US senators Joe Biden, John Kerry and Chuck Hagel paid tribute to the Pakistani electorate for conducting a 'historic' transition of power. The American senators were in Pakistan as part of a US delegation, that monitered the election process and conducted checks on any voting irregularities.
With regards to US-Pakistan relations they stated that it was in the interests of the United states that there be a stable and democratic Pakistan, in which the people can address their grievances through the ballot box and shun militancy and the forces of extremism.
Senator Biden said that the US should look beyond a one-person policy, and instead should focus on a Pakistan policy, where the wishes of the Pakistani people were respected and taken into consideraton.
Senator Kerry stated that they had met with President Musharraf, who had given them his assurance that he would work with the new parliament and conduct with them in a conciliatory manner and not one of confrontation. They also stated that they had met with Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari, and urged them not to dwell upon the past but to look towards the future, in the interest of the country.
When addressing the war on terror, Senator Biden stated that US aid to Pakistan would continue, and would be directed more towards economic development, building up infrastructure and education reforms. He said that combating extremism required not just military power but also soft power, and it was to this end that the US would work with the Pakistani people.