Obama On Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan is criticizing Barack Obama for saying that, if elected, he might order unilateral military strikes against terrorists hiding there.

Top officials in the Islamic country say Obama's comment likely made for political gain in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The Illinois senator said in a speech Wednesday that as president he would order military action against terrorists in Pakistan's tribal region bordering Afghanistan if intelligence warranted it.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister (Khusheed Kasuri) told AP Television News today that it was a very irresponsible statement.

Pakistan is a key ally of the United States in its war on terror.

But many analysts believe that top Taliban and al-Qaida leaders -- including Osama bin Laden -- are hiding in the region.


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