CANADA GETS TOUGH ON PAKISTAN

Canadian defence minster Peter MacKay names Pakistan as the most dengerous country

OTTAWA – Extremely concerned over the current volatile situation in Pakistan, Canadian Defence Minister Peter MacKay has termed Pakistan as the most dangerous country in the world. “I’m extremely concerned. The instability in Pakistan in my view makes Pakistan the most dangerous country in the world”, MacKay was quoted as saying.

Addressing a press conference at St. John’s MacKay said it was very difficult for the Pakistan Army to quell the insurgency that has engulfed the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) of the country. As long as insurgency is allowed to foster and to incubate inside Pakistan, the problem remains very real, very difficult, he added.

MacKay said the operation against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan would not yield the desired results until the extremists are rooted out from Pakistan, and some greater strides are made in taking on the insurgency in Afghanistan as well. He also highlighted that beside a surge in deployment of troops in Afghanistan, it was also very necessary to cut-off the supply lines of the Taliban, as only then peace and stability could return to the country.

The Pakistani army initiated an offensive against the Taliban last month after insurgents in Swat Valley tried to impose their reign on other neighbouring areas. The Taliban has established its writ over the Swat Valley about two years ago. Canada’s concerns are obvious as it also has deployed some 2,800 troops in Afghanistan as part of the US led war on terror in the country.

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