Citing terrorism and nuclear weapons in Pakistan as causes of international worry, a former top US official has described the country as an “international migraine”.
“My own sense is Pakistan has everything that gives you an international migraine. It has nuclear weapons, it has terrorism, extremists, corruption, very poor and it’s in a location that’s really, really important to us. And now this issue with India. So, I think that the current president and the current secretary of state, who’s on her way to India right now, have a very big job ahead of them,” said former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
In the wake of current tension between India and Pakistan following the Mumbai terror attacks, Albright said that Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari was trying very hard to deal with the issue.
Responding to a query on a remark made by President-elect Barack Obama, at his press conference in Chicago, in the wake of last week’s terror attacks in Mumbai, the ex-official also endorsed the stand of the incoming US president.
“I think that what President-elect Obama said about the fact that every country, under the United Nations, has the right to defend itself, that is absolutely true. But it’s also true that they are investigating everything right now and that it is not appropriate for those of us that are not in the government to comment on this,” Albright said on CNN.