Petraeus: Pakistan should fear Taliban, not India

The Associated PressApril 25, 2009 

— Pakistan's leaders should focus on the looming threat posed by a stronger Taliban and extremists within their nation's borders, instead of their rivalry with India, a top U.S. military official said Friday.

Gen. David Petraeus urged Congress to approve $3billion in aid to Pakistan for training troops to fight insurgents.

Petraeus told a House panel Friday that the most pressing threat to the country is "the internal extremists and groups such as the Taliban and the syndicated extremists." He is the top U.S. commander overseeing troops in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The Pakistani military needs to fight extremists "rather than strictly focus on the conventional threat that has been traditionally the focus of the military, to their east, which is India," he said.

Pakistan and India have fought three wars over the Kashmir region, and their mutual enmity has been dominant in foreign policy for both.

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