Obama says Pak Army’s focus is shifting from India to TalibanMay 18th, 2009 - 12:22 pm ICT by ANI
Lahore, May 18 (ANI): US President Barrack Obama has expressed satisfaction over the Pakistan Army’s recognition of the Taliban being a more serious threat than India in recent weeks.
“One of the encouraging things is, over the last several weeks we’ve seen a decided shift in the Pakistan Army’s recognition that the threat from extremism is a much more immediate and serious one than the threat from India that they’ve traditionally focused on,” the Newsweek quoted him, as saying.
On being asked whether he was willing to have American troops secure Pakistan’s nuclear weapons if the country gets unstable, Obama said he would consider all options as the US Commander-in-Chief, keeping in mind Pakistan’s sovereignty.
“We have confidence that Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is safe. As commander in chief, I have to consider all options, but I think that Pakistan’s sovereignty has to be respected. We are trying to strengthen them as a partner,” he said.
Obama said he had decided to send an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan after recognizing that the Taliban were destabilizing Pakistan in addition to Afghanistan. (ANI)
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