No US-NATO force on Pak soil for curbing terror breeding grounds: Holbrooke

March 22nd, 2009 - 12:31 pm ICT by ANI  

Brussels, Mar.22 (ANI): Raising serious concerns over the terror safe havens in Pakistan, which are being utilized by different terror outfits to carry out their activities across the world, the USs Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke has said that Pakistan it self should act to tackle this menace.
Holbrooke denied that the US or NATO forces would march-in to Pakistani territory from the Afghan side to take-up the issue.
The heart of the problem for the West is in western Pakistan. But there are not going to be US or NATO troops on the ground in Pakistan, Holbrooke said, adding: There is a red line for the government of Pakistan and one which we must respect.
Addressing the Brussels Forum Conference ahead of his scheduled meeting with the European Union (EU) and NATO officials here, Holbrooke said the Obama Administration has asked ally countries to train more and more Afghan security personnel to establish peace in the country.
The Afghan national police are an inadequate organization riddled with corruption. We know they are the weak link in the security chain, so we have to figure out a way to increase the size and make them better at the same time, The Daily Times quoted Holbrooke, as saying.
He also expressed concern over the increasing opium trade in Afghanistan which has emerged has the major source of financial funding for the extremists, while announcing a revamped US policy to combat the issue. (ANI)

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