US Holbrooke meets Pakistani leaders

Holbrooke, US special representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan, has met Pakistani leaders as part of an assessment of US policy in the region.

US Holbrooke meets Pakistani leaders

Richard Holbrooke, the United States' special representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan, has met Pakistani leaders as part of an assessment of US policy in the region.

Since August, there have been dozens of missile strikes launched from CIA drones inside Pakistani territory in a secrect deal that Pakistan often denied.

US President Obama called Monday for a combined work "to eradicate alleged Al-Qaeda safe havens" in Afghanistan and the border region with Pakistan.

He called "for more effective coordination between the US and its allies."

"I do not have a timetable for how long that's going to take. What I know is I'm not going to allow Al-Qaeda and (Osama) bin Laden to operate with impunity attacking the US," he said.

Holbrooke arrived in Islamabad on Monday, his first trip since taking up the post, and is expected to stay three days. He will also visit Afghanistan and India on the trip, which the U.S. State Department says is "aimed at gathering information to help form the basis of future American policy decisions in the region."

"I am here to listen and learn, in this critically important country," Holbrooke said in a US embassy statement.

The United States looks forward to "reviewing our policies and renewing our commitment" and friendship with the people of Pakistan, he added.

Pakistan wants US military and civilian money, and renewed diplomacy on Kashmir, an issue at the heart of its troubles with India but which Washington says is not within Holbrooke's mandate.

The United States has said it could to send up to 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, effectively doubling the number of US forces already there to fight the Taliban.

Before beginning his tour, Holbrooke told a security conference in the German city of Munich that he had "never seen anything remotely resembling the mess we have inherited in Afghanistan ... it's going to be much tougher than Iraq".

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COL. A.M.Khajawall [Ret]
COL. A.M.Khajawall [Ret] - 10 yıl Before

Towards a peaceful resolution of Kashmir problem
It is right time for the leadership of India and Pakistan to think outside the box in regard to Kashmir and its people. As the Kashmir-Line of Control (LoC) is the Line of Conflict (LoC), slowly, surely, and peacefully make it irrelevant for exploiters and bad elements on either side.
Peaceful resolution of Kashmir is crucial and critical for the present and future generations of the region. If Kashmir people’s issue is not addressed, the safety and security of over one billion will remain uncertain. The people in the Indo-Pak region and the rest of the world should always be of our top concern and interest.
Everybody, every leader, and every institution should take it upon themselves to exercise extreme care and caution. We all should avoid any provocative, inflammatory, and rancorous language, acts, and activities in and around the sensitive region.
At the same time, we and the world cannot afford to ignore the plight and aspirations of the people of Kashmir. These people have been divided by the Line of Control andor the ceasefire line. Like the Berlin wall, it needs to be slowly, surely, and peacefully removed, erased, and dismantled by firm and resolute involvement of all. A courageous and bold action is needed by true, caring and visionary leadership of the region.


The people of occupied and divided Kashmir have sacrificed a lot in last seven decades. The multiple promises, pledges, and commitments that have been made to the people of Kashmir over the last five decades need to honoured.
As a Kashmir-born naturalised American citizen and having spent equal parts of my life in each of the two countries of mine, it is my inherent duty and obligation to comment on this matter.
The question of nuclear weapons should be only discussed for denuclearisation. The aim and focus should be to address the plight and aspirations of the people of Kashmir with the ultimate goal of erasing the Line of Conflict.
COL. A. M. KHAJAWALL (Retd.),