| GEO World|
| Democratic Pakistan poised to fight terrorism more effectively: Haqqani|
| Updated at: 0738 PST, Thursday, August 21, 2008|
WASHINGTON: Pakistan under the democratically leadership is poised to fight terrorism more effectively with the support of people, Islamabad’s envoy to Washington, Husain Haqqani said as he listed a host of positives for the country’s anti-terror efforts in the wake of Pervez Musharraf’s departure from presidency.
At the same time, he argued strongly at a Washington think tank that only cooperative efforts by anti-terrorism allies could ensure security along Pakistan-Afghanistan border and that any unilateral strikes into Pakistan have been counterproductive.
Ambssador Haqqani said the former president’s exit “is not anybody’s loss, it is actually an opportunity for Pakistan to build a democratic political system.”
Stressing on the efficacy of efforts against extremism under the elected government, Haqqani in the first place saw a coming change in the public attitude towards the U.S. as previously everybody who disliked President Musharraf ended up disliking the United States.