Upholding GAO report US State Dept admits US Pak policy flawed

April 19th, 2008 - 2:36 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, Apr 19 (ANI): Taking congnizance of a recent report released by US Government Accountability Office (GAO), the US State Department has said that United States Pakistan policy was flawed and that it needs to get it right.

In a statement, the US State Department also acknowledged some of the weaknesses identified in the GAO report which blamed the US administration for failing to develop a comprehensive policy for dealing with the threat of terrorism in Pakistan.

It is important to have the right approach, especially while dealing with the FATA region, which is such an important area, the Dawn quoted the US State Department statement as saying.

In its report, the GAO, which is the investigative arm of the US Congress, also blamed the Bush administration for depending entirely on the military while ignoring other important segments of the Pakistani society.

The GAO findings gave immediate ammunition to Democrats to slam the Bush administration. It is appalling that there is still no comprehensive, inter-agency strategy concerning this critical region, and this lack of foresight is harming US national security, said Democratic lawmaker Howard Berman, head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

He further said that Washington should talk to the new civilian leadership in Pakistan to devise a plan for victory over the extremist elements.

The US State Department, however, disagreed with some of the issues raised in the GAO report, claiming that the GAO investigators never talked to senior people involved in the planning while preparing their report. In terms of our strategy itself, we are engaged in a comprehensive effort, with the full cooperation of the government of Pakistan, to improve the security environment and promote sustainable economic development in the Fata, the US State Department said. (ANI)

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