.....Unfolding a new US strategy to defeat Taliban and Al-Qaeda, Obama said Pakistan must be ’stronger partner’ in destroying Al-Qaeda safe havens. In this connection, he said Pakistan would be provided financial assistance of 1.5 billion dollars each year for the next five years.
However, he said US would not provide a blank cheque to Pakistan “as they also needed to prove their commitment in war against terror.”
President Obama warned the situation in Afghanistan is increasingly perilous. He said he would plunge 4,000 more US troops into the unfinished war, triple US aid to Pakistan to 7.5 billion dollars over five years, attempt to peel away more moderate Taliban factions and lead a global civilian surge to Afghanistan.
“Attacks against our troops, our NATO allies, and the Afghan government have risen steadily. Most painfully, 2008 was the deadliest year of the war for American forces.”
“I want the American people to understand that we have a clear and focused goal: to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat Al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan and to prevent their return to either country in the future
,” Obama said.....