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Stability of Pakistan key to success in region: US

Last Updated: Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 10:26

Washington: Political stability in Islamabad is the key to success of America`s effort of bringing peace in Afghanistan-Pakistan region, a top US official said on Wednesday.
"Going forward, we will continue to be very focused on Pakistan`s stability. But also we will be working to bring Pakistan into our broader region-wide framework for bring peace to Afghanistan," said Vali Nasr, senior advisor to the Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrook, said.

"It is difficult to imagine a country of such vital strategic importance and vital key ally of the United States in that region that faces a more daunting set of problems," he said in a meeting at the Centre for American Progress, a Washington-based think tank.

"Pakistan at this critical time, as we speak, is still struggling to consolidate its transition to democracy at the same time as it has been facing a major Taliban offensive that has engulfed the country`s northwest frontier and has set up major refugee crisis in Pakistan," Nasr said.

He observed that Pakistan`s economy which was battered by major financial crises has been severely hit by the recent electricity shortage.

Administration is engaged in intense diplomacy right now to create a much more broad-based international support for its development needs, for its security needs and for facing the challenges before it, he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 10:26
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