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Envoy’s vision

Richard Holbrooke has rightfully expressed concern over the growing power of the Taliban and subsequent terrorist activities.

Written by The Indian Express |
April 13, 2009 10:15:40 pm

color=”#cc000″>• Richard Holbrooke has rightfully expressed concern over the growing power of the Taliban and subsequent terrorist activities. Although his emphasis lay on the dire need for cooperation between India,Pakistan and the United States,he did not attempt to promote bilateral talks.

Further,Pakistan must no doubt feel ashamed of being branded as the breeding ground for terrorists; perhaps it is after the recent bombings and Holbrooke’s tough stance that they might opt for a different approach.

— Ahim Jurry


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