Next two weeks decisive for Pakistan’s survival : Petraeus

May 1st, 2009 - 12:14 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban London, May 1 (ANI): US Central Command chief General David Petraeus has said that the next two weeks would be decisive to ascertain the stability of the Pakistan Government.

According to Fox News, General Petraeus told US officials that Pakistan has run out of excuses, and are “finally getting serious” about the countering the existential threat that the Taliban and Al-Qaeda poses.

“We’ve heard it all before from the Pakistanis and are looking to see concrete action by the government to destroy the Taliban in the next two weeks before determining the United States’ next course of action,” General Petraeus told law makers and officials of the Obama Administration earlier this week.

Sources said that General Petraeus and top officials of the Obama Administration believe that the Pakistani Army is “superior” to the Zardari led democratic government,and it could possibly survive even if the Zardari government caved in to the Taliban.

The officials believe that it is almost an improbable task for the Pakistan Army to counter the expanding writ of the Taliban in the country and wipe them off.

“Even with intent and superior technology, the capability may not be there” for the Pakistani army to defeat the extremists,” officials said.

About the fears of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal falling into the hands of the extremists, officials said that General Petraeus believes that even if extremists succeed in toppling the Zardari government , it was still conceivable that Pakistan Army led by Chief of Staff General Ashfaq Kayani could maintain control over the ’scattered’ nuclear weapons. (ANI)

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