Kerry says Pak is in a moment of peril

April 22nd, 2009 - 2:56 pm ICT by ANI  

Richard Holbrooke Washington, Apr 22 (ANI): US Senator John Kerry has said that the Obama Administration’s plan for Pakistan “is not a real strategy.”

“Pakistan is in a moment of peril. And I believe there is not in place yet an adequate policy or plan to deal with it,” Kerry, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said.

Kerry advised the Obama Administration to stop using the term “Af-Pak”, to describe a unified strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, because “I think it does a disservice to both countries and to the policy.”

The two governments are very sensitive to it and don’t see the linkage, The News quoted Kerry, as saying.

Kerry’s spokesman, Frederick Jones, said that the presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan are scheduled to embark on a rare joint visit to the US for meetings in May, and Kerry plans to host them for lunch on May 7.

Richard Holbrooke, President Obama’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, has said the United States must have a unified strategy for both countries, which share a mountainous border region that is a hotbed of Taliban and al-Qaeda activity. (ANI)

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