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McChrystal's exit not to reduce pressure on Pakistan in fighting militancy: experts

06-25-2010 10:34 BJT

by Syed Moazzam Hashmi

ISLAMABAD, June 24 (Xinhua) -- The exit of the United States top commander General McChrystal and approved entry of General Petraeus from the Afghanistan's battlefield would not reduce America's pressure on Pakistan, which is in the loop in fight against homegrown militancy in the region, experts said Thursday.

The U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan U.S. General Stanley McChrystal wears earplugs as he leaves by helicopter after a meeting between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and tribal leaders in Kandahar city June 13, 2010.(Xinhua/Reuters, File Photo)
The U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan U.S. General Stanley McChrystal wears earplugs 
as he leaves by helicopter after a meeting between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and 
tribal leaders in Kandahar city June 13, 2010.(Xinhua/Reuters, File Photo)

"Apparently, the main U.S. policy would remain unchanged," remarked Arshi Saleem, senior research analyst at the Institute of Regional Studies (IRS) in Pakistani capital Islamabad while discussing the implications of this major change-of-guards in the complicated regional mosaic.

"Pakistan should be well aware of the fact that change in command would not reduce the U.S. pressure on Pakistan's fight against militancy," Arshi Saleem told Xinhua on Thursday.

The U.S. President Barack Obama sacked "loudmouth" General Stanley A. McChrystal on Wednesday following his controversial criticism on the White House and Obama's top administration on policy issues.

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