US dismiss remarks attributed to Holbrooke by Pak daily

The US dismissed remarks attributed to its Special Af-Pak Envoy Richard Holbrooke that the Obama administration would not accept any slackness by the Pakistan Army in the fight against Taliban.

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2010, 01:07 AM IST

Islamabad: The US on Saturday dismissed
remarks attributed to its Special Af-Pak Envoy Richard
Holbrooke that the Obama administration would not accept any
slackness by the Pakistan Army in the fight against Taliban
due to the military`s engagement in flood relief efforts.

A statement issued by the US embassy said Holbrooke
had been misquoted by a Pakistani daily as saying during an
interaction with the media yesterday that America would not
accept slackness by the Pakistan Army in the war on terror.

"At no time did Ambassador Holbrooke make such a
statement. Both the headline of the article and the quote in
the article were fabricated," the statement said.

Asked by a reporter to comment on the security
situation after the floods in Pakistan, Holbrooke`s said: "The
security situation has not fundamentally changed in the last
month. I read in the newspapers that the Taliban have taken
advantage of it and so on, but there`s no evidence for that
one way or another.

"Right now there`s a much bigger problem, of course
the Taliban remain and it`s an enormous concern to us because
we`re in a very difficult situation in Afghanistan. But I
haven`t seen anything yet that tells me the floods have
affected that situation."

Holbrooke further said that his "instinct in the long
run" was that the Pakistan Army`s involvement in flood relief
efforts would not be a "decisive issue".

He added, "But I might be wrong, I might be wrong, it
depends on what the government`s policies are."

PTI