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'No safe havens for terrorists'

February 10, 2009
Carrying a stern message from President Barack Obama that "safe havens" to terrorists cannot be allowed in Pakistan, special US envoy Richard Holbrooke discussed with the leadership here ways to rein in al-Qaeda and Taliban in the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan.

Holbrooke, who arrived in Pakistan on Monday, was told by the Pakistani leadership that the US should stop drone attacks in the country's tribal areas from Afghanistan.

The Special US Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan met President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday.

There was no official word on the meetings though official sources were quoted by TV channels as saying that both Zardari and Qureshi told Holbrooke that the US should stop missile strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas by drones operating from Afghanistan.

Holbrooke, who is on an exploratory visit here ahead of a review of the US policy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, discussed way to deal with al-Qaeda and Taliban militants in the tribal region.

Image: Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani (R) talks to Richard Holbrooke, US special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, in Islamabad.
Photograph : Faisal Mahmood/Reuters

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