World cannot afford a ‘failed’ Pakistan: Powell

Courtesy: Times of India
April 4th, 2009
WASHINGTON: Pakistan cannot be allowed to disintegrate into a failed state as it will be a risk to Europe and the rest of the world, former US chief of defence staff, General Colin Powell has said.

“It’s a risk to Europe, it’s a risk to the rest of the world, because we cannot allow al Qaeda to grow in an environment of chaos in that part of the world,” Powell, the former US Secretary of State said.

Implying that if Pakistan failed, so will Afghanistan, Powell said: “We can’t allow Pakistan to fail and we don’t want Afghanistan to fail”.

Hoping that the NATO and European allies of the US would understand the risk involved and support Obama Administration in winning the war against terror in the region, Powell Powell told MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” that Pakistan as a “sanctuary” for Taliban cannot be allowed.

“If Pakistan remains a sanctuary, a place where Al Qaeda and the Taliban can regroup and get recruits, that isn’t going to solve the problem. American troops aren’t going to go into Pakistan. We have to work with the Pakistanis so they can bring that problem under control,” Powell said.

Powell, however, did not agree with Hillary Clinton’s argument that all the financial aid that went to Afghanistan during the Bush regime was wasted.

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