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US won’t hunt militants over Pakistan border: Obama

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Jitendra Joshi
AFP
Monday, March 30, 2009

President Barack Obama ruled out sending US troops on a hot pursuit of extremists across the Afghan border into Pakistan — but demanded Islamabad hold up its end of the anti-terror struggle.

Referring to US missile strikes on militants, Obama said in a television interview: “If we have a high-value target within our sights, after consulting with Pakistan, we’re going after them.”

But asked on CBS program “Face the Nation” if he would order US troops on the ground into militant safe havens inside Pakistan, Obama stressed: “No.

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“Our plan does not change the recognition of Pakistan as a sovereign government,” he said. “We need to work with them and through them to deal with Al-Qaeda. But we have to hold them much more accountable.”

Obama on Friday put Pakistan at the center of the fight against Al-Qaeda as part of a new strategy dispatching 4,000 more troops, in addition to an extra 17,000 already committed, and billions of dollars to the Afghan war.

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