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Is US-led Coalition Losing Battle Against Taliban?

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Today President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari has issued a statement in which he claimed that the US-led coalition is losing battle against Taliban both in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The loss of war on terrorism means that Taliban or terrorists will take full control of the world. Why President Zardari has issued such a statement at a time when Pakistan is struggling for survival?

At the moment there is widespread deaths and destruction caused by flash flood in various parts of this region. Now the whole areas, which was being governed by Taliban some five years ago have been destroyed. Flood has also destroyed the network of Taliban and terrorists. Now there is no need of more war in the region. Now there is need of rebuilding the areas destroyed by the war and then flood. Actually rulers of Pakistan have still been supporting terrorists as they want that war may remain continue. Rulers have been using terrorism for earning more dollars and keeping themselves in power.

Coalition forces "are losing the war against the Taliban" in Afghanistan, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said in an interview published in France on Tuesday.

"The international community, to which Pakistan belongs, is losing the war against the Taliban. This is above all because we have lost the battle to win hearts and minds," he said, in comments published in French by Le Monde.

Zardari told the daily that the US and Nato-led coalition forces had "underestimated the situation on the ground" in Afghanistan, Pakistan's war-torn western neighbour.

His comments came after military documents leaked to the media pointed to alleged support by Pakistani officials for the Taliban. Zardari has insisted that Pakistan is committed to fighting militants in the region.

Since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan drove them from power in 2003, the Taliban have waged a fierce fight against international forces.

"I think they have no chance of regaining power, but their grip is strengthening," Zardari said of the hardline Islamist movement.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron angered Zardari by saying last week that Pakistan must not "look both ways" in secretly promoting violent extremism while pretending to seek regional stability.

Zardari vowed to tackle the allegations head on when he meets Cameron on Friday at the British leader's country retreat outside London.

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Muhammad Khurshid, a resident of Bajaur District, 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 (more...)

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