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Obama Fails To Deliver Us Peace

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The whole world has attached great expectations with US President Barack Obama as they thought this man will work for peace. Obama is in the office for almost 15 months but there are still deaths and destruction. It seems Obama has been following the same policies of former US president George W. Bush. There will be no exaggeration to state here that some invisible hands have been running the affairs of the world.
According to a rough estimate, thousands of people have been killed in tribal areas during the tenure of Obama. I think it will be far better if the US president spends the money on winning the hearts and minds of people instead of killing them. The hearts and minds of the poor people can be won very easily.
Now there are reports of spreading war to other parts of Pakistan. The News International in its report stated thatUS Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Robert Blake has said that Pakistan has made significant progress in the war on terror but strong action against various Taliban groups in the Punjab still needs to be taken.

Talking to journalists here at the Foreign Press Centre after his recent visit to India and Pakistan, Robert Blake said he had asked the Pakistani authorities to take this action, because it was in the interest of Pakistan. "But it is up to Pakistan's security forces to decide when and what to do," he added.

Responding to a question Mr Blake said that United States would not intervene to mediate dialogue between the two countries on the issues of Kashmir and water until both the countries ask the US to do it. "However, US would help Pakistan in building water storage capacity and also make water use more efficient," he added.

He said it was also wrong to presume that India and Pakistan could not progress on Kashmir issue unless some international players were not included in the process. He said in 2004 both the countries made significant progress in talks on all the issues including Kashmir.

Mr Blake said if Pakistan felt that India was not fulfilling its obligations on the water issue, Pakistan should take its case to Independent Arbitration Commission set up under Indus Basin Water Treaty.

Mr Blake said during his discussion with Pakistani authorities he did not ask Islamabad to handover Hafiz Saeed to India. However, he pressed Pakistani authorities to continue legal proceedings against those who were involved in Mumbai attacks because it would help building confidence between India, Pakistan and United States as well.

To another question about Taliban reconciliation process he said it was up to the Afghan government to do that and forthcoming jirga would be an important step in this regard. When asked whether he discussed Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project with Indians and Pakistanis he said, "Our stand is very clear since Iran has failed to fulfill its international obligations as it is not an appropriate time to get involved in such transactions." He said that he called upon Pakistanis to concentrate on developing other means of energy.
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Muhammad Khurshid, a resident of Bajaur Agency, tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border is journalist by profession. He contributes articles and news stories to various online and print newspapers. His subject matter is terrorism. He is also (more...)
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