16 November 2008 - Situation in Pakistan “more dire” than Afghanistan, expert warns
A comprehensive regional strategy by the international community is urgently needed to end chaos in Afghanistan and Pakistan, stressed Pakistani analyst and writer Ahmed Rashid, addressing legislators during the 54th Annual Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Valencia on 14-18 November.
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No multilateral framework exists to deal with the complex and entwined problems of the region, Rashid pointed out. NATO has no clear
As the incoming US administration has talked about a “surge” in Afghanistan and renewed political efforts in the region, this should be elevated to a “high-level diplomatic initiative” to build a genuine consensus on the achievement of Afghan stability by addressing the sources of Pakistan’s instability, according to Rashid. This should include a settlement of the Kashmir dispute, which would allow the Pakistani military to concentrate its efforts on the border with
“A first step”, Rashid suggested, “could be the establishment of a contact group on the region authorized by the UN Security Council” including the five permanent members, NATO and