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Pak Army still not convinced about India: McCain

Top Republican Senator John McCain believes that the Pakistani Army is still not convinced that the most serious threat to their nation now comes from within and not India.

world Updated: May 08, 2009 09:14 IST

Top Republican Senator John McCain believes that the Pakistani Army is still not convinced that the most serious threat to their nation now comes from within and not India.

"I believe their military is still not convinced that their greatest enemy is from within and not India. Most of their military still want to combat or be prepared for a war with India," McCain. The Senator from Arizona and who fought the last presidential election against Barack Obama, told Fox News in an interview.

Expressing concern over the deteriorating security situation in Pakistan, McCain however believed that the Taliban would not be able to take over the country.

"I don't believe that the Taliban's going to take over, but I do believe that we have to do everything in our power to make sure their nuclear inventory is secure and help them in any possible way," McCain said.

In the last few weeks, US lawmakers and officials have expressed their concern over the safety of the Pak nuclear weapons and have apprehended the possibility of the Taliban getting control over it in case of the collapse of the government.

"I would give them some immediate, direct aid. They would have to be convinced we're there for the long term, not like before when we left the whole area, as you know. So there's a lot of work to be done," he said.

"These are difficult times, but I don't think that the Government of Pakistan is on the verge of collapse, as some have said they are," he argued.