Pak not yet equipped to combat its militant threat: Hadley

September 20th, 2008 - 11:59 am ICT by ANI  

Washington , Sep 20 (ANI): American National security adviser official Stephen Hadley has said that Pakistan is not yet equipped to combat its militant threat after Pakistani leaders presented a united front against US strikes in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan tto hunt down militants.

National security adviser to President George W Bush, Stephen Hadley, declined to comment on American counterterrorism efforts in Pakistan , but said Washington was trying to help Pakistan Government to address the militant threat.

Speaking to the media, he insisted the problem could only be overcome when Pakistan s writ was firmly established in the tribal areas, and that the United States works very closely with Pakistan authorities, the Daily Times reported.

President Asif Ali Zardari is scheduled to meet US President Bush on September 23, and the issue of cross-border strikes is sure to be very high on the agenda. (ANI)

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