Imran Khan tells Obama why the war on terror is going to be terribly wrong

January 30th, 2009 - 3:32 pm ICT by ANI  

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Islamabad, Jan.30 (ANI): Right after taking oath as the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama made it very clear that Washington would continue its war on terror and would not hesitate to launch a military offensive against any nation, and his decision of sending in more troops to Afghanistan in the coming days is a testimony to the fact that he is determined to destroy the roots, from where the world wide menace of terrorism originates.
Understandably, Pakistan sees a danger of being attacked by the US until it stops providing safe havens to the militants. Now Imran Khan has stepped in to urge Washington to reconsider its stance on the war on terror.
In an open letter to the US President Barack Obama, Tehreek-e-Insaf Chief, Imran Khan has urged the new US administration to conduct a major strategic review of the US led war on terror.
We urge the new administration to conduct a major strategic review of the US led war on terror, including the nature and kind of support that should realistically be expected of Pakistan keeping in mind its internal security interests, The Daily Times quoted the open letter by Khan, as saying.
The cricketer turned politician, in his letter to the US premier also urged that linking of financial assistance with sealing of the western border along Afghanistan would only aggravate the already deteriorating condition in the country and particularly in the extremism hit tribal regions.
Linking economic assistance to sealing of its western frontier will only force the hand of a shaky and unstable government in Pakistan to use more indiscriminate force in FATA, a perfect recipe for disaster, it stated.
The solution to the issue lies in talks and dialogues, the letter adds.
The roots of terror and violence lie in politics and so does the solution, it said.
In an effort to garner support from the international community, Khan noted that Pakistan emerged as the biggest loser in the war on terror after the 9/11 incident.
We have suffered the most since 9/11, despite the fact that none of the perpetrators of the acts of terrorism unleashed on the US on September 11, 2001 were Pakistani, he said.
While trying to explain the intricacies of the forcing a writ of a regional government or any foreign policies in the tribal areas, Khan made it clear that no government Pakistani or foreign, will ever be able to stop the Pashtuns from lending support to their brothers fighting against the foreign invasion into their region,as was evident in their fight against the Soviet Union.
No government, Pakistani or foreign will ever be able to stop Pashtuns crossing over the fifteen hundred kilometer border to support their brethren in distress on either side, even if it means fighting the modern day super power in Afghanistan, the letter said.
Khans open letter concluded urging the United States to stop putting any condition before any kind of assistance.
Assistance must not be conditional. Social indicators should not be taken into consideration while offering help, it said. (ANI)

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