Pakistan ’scares’ Obama

February 9th, 2009 - 10:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaLondon, Feb 9 (IANS) Pakistan is the one country that really “scares” Barack Obama, according to the US President’s aides, a newspaper reported Monday.

The Guardian said in a report from Islamabad that Pakistan - “a nuclear-armed country hurtling towards chaos” - may turn out to be the biggest foreign policy challenge for the Obama administration.

In a report coinciding with US special representative Richard Holbrooke’s visit to Pakistan, the newspaper said the Obama administration believes Pakistan is key to its aim of “pacifying Afghanistan” and hunting down Al Qaeda terrorists.

Leaks of a US military review conducted under David Petraeus, the head of US Central Command, say he has concluded that Pakistan - not Iraq, Afghanistan or Iran - is the most urgent foreign policy issue facing Obama.

The report described Pakistan as “Al Qaeda’s headquarters”.

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