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US spreading itself too thinly in war on terror: Pakistani PM

The United States has taken on too much in its war on terrorism by committing itself to Iraq at a time when the situation in Afghanistan remains highly unstable, Pakistani Prime Minister Zafarullah Jamali said. In a wide-ranging interview with AFP Tuesday, Jamali also expressed his hope that next month’s summit of south Asian nations in Islamabad will lead to direct dialogue with India, and said he was disappointed by the Commonwealth’s failure to grasp Pakistan’s process of democratisation. Speaking in Paris where he is on an official visit, Jamali said US-led forces had failed to follow through on their initial successes in Afghanistan nearly two years ago, allowing large parts of the country to remain out of their control. “If you take a half-hearted measure, it doesn’t come out well. If you take a measure, you have to go ahead with it. So if ISAF (the US-led International Security Assistance Force) is only limited to Kabul — well the old days are gone when the capital of country was conquered and you could say the whole country was conquered,” he said. Full Story

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