Rice hints at US action in Fata

By Sami Abraham

WASHINGTON: Underscoring the need for immediate military action in Fata and areas adjacent to the Pak-Afghan border, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has indicated that use of some US power along with the full Pakistani power may be on the cards to eliminate the terrorists groups there. Talking in a gathering of Aspen Institute in Colorado, Dr Rice said: “Fata has become a region where efforts to forge peace agreements with the militants, I think, are frankly not working. And instead, the militants are finding a place that they can train and equip.” Dr Rice was of the view that terrorists in Fata were not only dangerous for Afghanistan but also for Pakistan. She said: “It’s extremely important that Pakistan do something about that. It’s going to take all elements of Pakistan’s power, national power, as well as some of ours, to improve that situation.”

Source: The News, 4/8/2008

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