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Taliban pose a danger to US, Pak, India: Zardari

Taliban pose a danger to US, Pak, India: Zardari

Author: PTI
Publication: The Times of India
Date: February 20, 2009.
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Taliban-threat-to-US-Pak-India-Zardari/articleshow/4159871.cms

[Note from the Hindu Vivek Kendra: Instead of fighting the danger posed by Taliban, Zardari has actually succumbed to the blackmail. Also, the armed forces of Pakistan is still nurturing the menace of Taliban.]

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has acknowledged that Taliban, with whom his government reached a truce deal in the restive Swat valley days ago, are "murderous thugs and militants" who "pose a danger to Pakistan, the US and India".

US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, who is just back from Pakistan, told CNN here: "He (Zardari) doesn't disagree that the people who are running Swat now are murderous thugs and militants and they pose a danger not only to Pakistan, but to the United States and India".

When specifically asked if Zardari gave him any commitment, Holbrooke, who conveyed Washington's concern to Zardari on telephone, said: "That I don't know. But the issue isn't whether he signs the deal or not, the issue is the negotiations themselves."

The United States has conveyed strong concern to Zardari over the truce deal with a Taliban-linked group for enforcing Shariah law in the restive Swat Valley.

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are worried that this deal should not turn into a surrender to the Taliban militants, Holbrooke told Zardari in a telephonic conversation.

Holbrooke said the US is worried over the peace deal as it gives the Taliban the authority in a critically important part of the country.


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