Obama must concentrate on militants sanctuaries in Pakistan
By Sajad - Thu Nov 08 2012, 8:10 pm
A spokesman for the Afghan president Hamid Karzai following Barack Obama’s sucess in US presidential election said the Afghan government is expecting Washington’s attention towards militants sanctuaries in Pakistan.
Ahmad Zia Seyamak Herawi said, “Our demand from the US President Barack Obama is to pay more attention on militants sanctuaries in Pakistan in a bid to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan and reduce the tension of the international community in Afghanistan.”
According to Afghan officials insurgents groups like Taliban and Al-Qaeda are having safe havens in Pakistan however Islamabad deny the allegations.
Meanwhile Seyamak Herawi pointed towards the long term strategic pact between Afghanistan and United States and called it a major achivement for the two nations while president Barack Obama was serving as the US president and said Afghanistan expects good relations between the two countries after he was elected as US president for the second time on Wednesday.
Training and better equipment of Afghan security forces are the two main expectations of the Afghan government from Washington after Barack Obama was elected as US president for the second time, Seyamak Herawi said.
In the meantime the opposition group of the Afghan governemnt also welcomed the election of Barack Obama as US president and said this will have a positive impact on Afghanistan.
Abdullah Abdullah Chief of the Afghan Coalition said, “The Democrat Pary had four years of experience in Afghanistan and they are aware of the main issues of Afghanistan and specifically Pakistan which has a direct role in the situation of Afghanistan. The election Barack Obama as US president will definitely help for a long term cooperation of Washington with Afghanistan.”
US ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham shortly after Barack Obama was declared as the US president said, “President Obama remains committed for a long term strategic cooperation with the Afghan people.”
He also quoted Barack Obama as saying that Washington will not abandone Afghanistan to become self sufficient and will help Afghanistan towards development and a better future.
Taliban group fighting the US troops over the past one decade also reacted towards the election of Barack Obama as US president.
Zabiullah Mujahid spokesman for the Taliban group said, “Obama should use the opportunity provided by the American people in a better way. Washington should prevent from playing an intenational police role and should rather concentrate on its domestic issues.”
Taliban spokesman in a statement said, “Obama should understand the situation where huge amount of money is being spent in a baseless war and should understand the ambitions of his people and immediately end the war.”