Pakistan needs to do more in war against terror: U.S. envoy

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Pakistan has made progress in the war against terrorism although it is a tough and long struggle and much more has to be done in a planned manner, a local media Daily Times quoted U.S. special envoy Richard Holbrooke as saying here on Sunday.

Addressing a joint press conference with the Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday afternoon, Holbrooke said,"In regard to the war itself, Pakistan has made progress, but it doesn't mean that we've reached the end of the road. This is a tough, long struggle and much more needs to be done."

He said Al-Qaeda's network had been "severely degraded" in recent years in efforts that both our countries work on."

He reiterated the United States' commitment and assurance to extend more financial help to Pakistan in energy, education, health,the war against terrorism, water and especially to find a permanent solution to the menace of load shedding.

Commenting on the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, Holbrooke said "Pakistan is an independent country and it is Pakistan's own decision on the project", adding that the U.S. had no concerns on the project.

Holbrooke arrived in Islamabad on Friday evening for a two-day visit to Pakistan.

Source: Xinhua


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