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Pakistan may be booked for supporting Taleban

Arun Mohanty in Moscow

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov on Friday hinted that Pakistan might be 'booked' for its role in creating and supporting the Taleban militia.

In an interview to a newspaper in Moscow he said, "Those who have been extending military and financial support to the Taleban would sooner or later be booked."

"With Northern Alliance controlling 80 per cent of Afghan territory, the military phase of the anti-terrorist campaign is coming to an end, but the phase for fighting the sources that have been supplying military and financial assistance to Taleban is yet to begin," he said.

Ivanov's statement is being seen by foreign policy experts to mean that Pakistan -- perceived to be the godfather of Taleban -- cannot escape punishment for fostering the dreading militia.

"Pakistan not only created the monster, it fed it till the other day, and Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence went on aiding and abetting the Taleban regime even after Pakistan became a 'forced ally' of the anti-terrorist campaign," Evgeny Pashentsev, a foreign policy expert from Moscow City University, told Indo-Asian News Service.

"Pakistan has to be dealt seriously if the international community wants to root out international terrorism," he added.

"Pakistan probably still harbours fond hopes that Taliban would soon retaliate," Pashentsev said.

Indo-Asian News Service

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