Presidential candidate Biden wants US to step up presence in Pak

November 14th, 2007 - 2:38 am ICT by admin  
“Here, you have a country that is on the edge, called Pakistan, with nuclear weapons and missiles to carry them that can strike the entire portion of that world, the subcontinent, all the way to the Mediterranean,” Biden said in an interview to ABC News.

Biden called upon Washington to step-up its presence in Pakistan, saying it would be in the world’s interest.

“It’s in everybody’s interest, not just the United States alone. The first thing I would do, I would call a meeting. I would ask for a meeting of the Security Council. I would be on the telephone with everyone from Putin to the Chinese premier to our allies in Great Britain and NATO. This cannot be a US-alone operation,” he said.

Commenting on the political unrest in Pakistan, Biden said the US was not doing enough to promote democratic institutions in that country.

“There is a significant portion of the Pakistani population that is middle class and moderate,” the Daily Times quoted him, as saying in the interview.

“If you don’t have a fair electoral process allowing them to express their anger, their frustration, you force it all underground,” Biden added. (ANI)

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