Special US Representative for Af-Pak Richard Holbrooke on Thursday praised the Pakistani leadership for shifting some of its forces stationed along its eastern border with India to the western frontier bordering Afghanistan to fight out the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
“The Pakistanis have moved a very large number of troops from their eastern border to their western border. That’s a historically significant redeployment,” he told reporters at a State Department press briefing on his recent trip to the region.
Obama Administration’s point man on Afghanistan and Pakistan, Holbrooke had visited the two countries last week to have an on the ground assessment of the situation there, after the Pakistan military launched an offensive against the Taliban in the Swat Valley and adjoining areas.
“We don’t know exactly to what extent the Pakistani army dispersed or destroyed the enemy. The test of this operation is of course when the refugees return, can they go home, are they safe? And we’re just going to have to wait and see,” he emphasized.
Responding to questions, he said there is strong evidence of money flowing from the Gulf countries to the terrorists in the region.