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India Still Seen As A Greatest Threat By Pakistan, Says Gen Petraeus

Despite the fact that their military is fighting tough battle against Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorists, the Pakistan leaders and the ISI still believe India is the greatest threat to them, says US Central Command chief

PTI [ Updated: October 07, 2009 6:13 IST ]
india still seen as a greatest threat by pakistan says gen
india still seen as a greatest threat by pakistan says gen petraeus

Despite the fact that their military is fighting tough battle against Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorists, the Pakistan leaders and the ISI still believe India is the greatest threat to them, says US Central Command chief Gen David Petraeus.

'It is important to note that India is still seen as the greatest threat, greater than the Taliban, greater than even al-Qaeda. So there are still some dynamics there that are challenging,"  Gen Petraeus said at the Association of the US Army annual meeting.

Commending Pakistani military in taking successful action against the terrorists in the Swat Valley, Petraeus said they have cleared the vast majority of the Swat Valley.

The US General said the operations have resulted in the death and capture of significant number of senior Taliban leaders.

 "They have carried out a number of operations in some of the tribal areas here -- this is the Federally Administered Tribal Area all along right here -- Baijur, Momah (sic) and Khyber," he said, adding that they have largely encircled a key area of South Waziristan, a stronghold of Taliban.

 Also in this area, he said a number of other extremist groups, many of which are of significant concern in eastern Afghanistan like the Haqqani Network, Commander Nasir, Hekmatyar's Hizbe-Islami and a couple of other acronym elements that compromise what can be described as syndicate of extremists. PTI

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