‘Safe Haven’ for militants is Pakistan: Obama Warns
Barack Obama the US President said at his first White House prime-time news conference the Pakistan’s tribal region which is bordering Afghanistan is a "safe havens" for militants, his administration will not allow it.
The US president had appointed Mr Richard Holbrooke as a special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan to give a new focus to dealing with terrorism. The special envoy arrive Pakistan to convey Obama’s message.
Obama said "My bottom line is that we cannot allow al-Qaeda to operate," and added "I’ve sent over Richard Holbrooke – one of our top diplomats – to evaluate a regional approach," he said. "We are going to need more effective coordination of our military efforts with diplomatic efforts, with development efforts, with more effective coordination with our allies in order for us to be successful."
Mr Obama said about the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan,” I do not have yet a timetable for how long that’s going to take. What I know is… I’m not going to allow al-Qaeda or Osama Bin Laden to operate with impunity, planning attacks on the US homeland."