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US is against any military rule in Pakistan: Holbrooke

india Updated: May 13, 2009 08:15 IST

A top US envoy has underlined that Obama Administration is against any military rule in Pakistan, saying that it will be against vital security interests of the US and people of Pakistan.

Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Richard Holbrooke, Special US Representative for Pak-Afghan region, argued that one of the prime objective of the Obama Administration is to promote and strengthen the nascent and fragile democracy in Pakistan.

"We need to strengthen the democracy in Pakistan. That should be our core objective," he said yesterday. "Another military coup, another military takeover, another military intervention would be very much against the interests of the United States, and above all, the people of Pakistan," Holbrooke argued.

"We have a democratically elected government after a decade of military rule, which was excessively supported, in my view, by the United States," Holbrooke said in response to a question from Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Holbrooke was apparently referring to the military regime of General Pervez Musharraf; which was supported by the previous Bush Administration.

According to the latest polls by International Republican Institute, 77 per cent of the Pakistani people are pro-democracy but 81 per cent think the country is headed in the wrong direction, he said.

In this context, Holbrooke said every public opinion polls shows overwhelming desire for democracy to succeed. A ten year of military rule in Pakistan, he asserted, "was very bad for" US strategic interests and for Pakistani people as well.

"All our efforts in Pakistan are geared towards creating a vibrant, modern, and democratic state that Pakistanis desire and US policy envisions as a partner in advancing stability and development in a key region of the world," Holbrooke said.