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Holbrooke to Pak: 'Move forward' from 'complicated history' with India

India, Pakistan and the US were facing the shared challenge of combating terrorism, top American official Richard Holbrooke said today as he pressed Islamabad to "move forward" from the "complicated history" with New Delhi to take on the "common enemy".

world Updated: Jul 22, 2009 22:34 IST

India, Pakistan and the US were facing the shared challenge of combating terrorism, a top American official said on Wednesday as he pressed Islamabad to "move forward" from the "complicated history" with New Delhi to take on the "common enemy".

"For the first time since partition, Pakistan, the US and India face a common enemy, a common challenge and a common task. That doesn't mean the complicated history between (Pakistan and India) is over," Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke told reporters.

"But we have move forward and deal with the fact that in the western part of (Pakistan there) are people who attacked the US, who attacked India, who attack people in Pakistan, including your late leader Benazir Bhutto and who have said publicly they wish to keep doing it," he added.

Holbrooke, on his second visit to the region in seven weeks, met Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who asked the US to provide sophisticated military hardware and actionable intelligence to Pakistan so that the country's armed forces could effectively tackle the Taliban insurgency.

He also welcomed the outcome of Gilani's meeting with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Egypt and hoped this "would go a long way towards the early resumption of the composite dialogue between the two countries".