No quick way to wipe out militancy along Pak-Afghan border: UK envoy

September 9th, 2008 - 1:28 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington , Sep 9 (ANI): There is no quick way to wiping out militancy along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border areas, British envoy Rory Stewart has said.

Stewart, who is an expert on Pakistan and Afghanistan , also warned anti-terrorism coalition forces against pursuing any aggressive military policy in the Tribal Areas.

He said that there is no silver bullet out there to enforce full security and stability in a stipulated timeframe.

We have to try to work with the best we can find in the Pakistani government, because they are the people who have the legitimacy. They are the only people who have the kind of consent and support.

If we start rampaging around and trying to implement our own aggressive military policies, or even very independent political policies, well stir up huge resentment, he added.

Stewart said a political solution to the militancy problem was possible through separating tribesmen from the irreconcilable violent elements and accommodating them to local power structures.

I do not think there is any alternative to working with the people who actually live in those areas, the Daily Times quoted him, as saying.

The author of the bestseller book, The Places in Between opposed the idea of sending more troops to insurgency-hit Afghanistan and instead called for renewed international focus on socio-economic development of the people.

I think its very dangerous, because Afghans themselves are going to feel increasingly resentful. They already perceive many of our troops as foreign occupiers. Weve made very little progress in key areas in the last six-and-a-half years.

Stewart described the local populations in the border region as deeply conservative, but was confident of their progressing in the years ahead. (ANI)

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