Holbrooke unsure if Pakistan against Afghan TalibanMarch 6, 2010
WASHINGTON: US special envoy Richard Holbrooke said in an interview with the Financial Times that he is agnostic about whether Pakistan had decisively turned against the Afghan Taliban.
Holbrooke made the comment in relation to Pakistan’s arrest of the Afghan Taliban’s operational commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.
He said he was not prepared to make a judgement on whether relations between the United States and Pakistan had turned a corner after Baradar’s arrest.
Holbrooke declined to say whether the US was getting good intelligence from the joint interrogation of Mullah Baradar. But he said he had “no problems” with the Lahore High Court’s denial of a request last week to transfer the Taliban commander to Afghanistan.
Regarding military operations in Afghanistan, Holbrooke said the US and its allies faced a “daunting” task there and “it is much too early” to predict how the situation will turn out.