THE Chairman of the US Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, Senator John Kerry, on Monday met the President, The Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister, and the DG ISI. However, he was primarily in Pakistan as the main mover of the Kerry-Lugar bill which mandates the US government to provide aid to Pakistan of $1.5 billion a year for the next five years. The Pakistani officials stressed that if the USA wished to obtain the appropriate results, it had to stop its drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal areas. Also, Senator Kerry, who was the Democrat nominee for the Presidency in 2004, was told that Pakistan was also opposed to any strings being attached to the aid, as inimical to Pakistan's national interest. Importantly, he was also told that Pakistan could not pay the attention required by its Western border, until the problems on its Eastern border were solved. He was told that this meant the solution of the Kashmir dispute. Senator Kerry was also reminded of the Reconstruction Opportunity Zones (ROZs) legislation which was still pending in the US Senate. The ROZs, to be established in the tribal areas, are meant to provide them the economic opportunities that they presently do not have. President Zardari, who issued this reminder, also said that there was a need to work out a joint strategy to counter terrorism. Though Senator Kerry spoke of the USA's desire for a permanent friendship with Pakistan, it was virtually self-evident that the context was the War on Terror, and Pakistani officials prevented Senator Kerry from making the argument about the War being Pakistan's, by making it themselves. However, two things Senator Kerry did not agree to. First, there was no mention of an end to the drone attacks which have caused such an upsurge in militancy in the tribal areas. Second, he did not agree that the aid was to be without conditions, which did not gel with his statements about Pakistan fighting its own war. It seems that the Senator has not changed his mind, already formed before he landed.