You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Pakistan continues to be an international migraine: Albright

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright also gave a thumbs up to the growing ties between India and the US by giving the credit for taking initiatives in this regard to both the Bill Clinton and George Bush regimes.

Delivering a lecture here on '2012: A year of Political Change', Albright listed problems of ethnic conflicts, Indo- Pak and battle over South China sea are some of the problems that the world is confronting in the 21st century.

"Pakistan continues to be an international migraine. It has poverty, extremism, issues of nuclear non-proliferation and a weak government. It needs to learn how to deal with extremism and the issue of nuclear non-proliferation.

The US is in a difficult situation to resolve this. It is central to many problems," she said.

Albright, who served under Clinton, said in a lighter vein that India, which has improved its ties especially those related to business, can resolve the "migraine".

She briefly touched upon the difficult phase of the US-Pak relations and said Pakistan should focus more on countering terrorism that would bring peace to the region and the world.

Highly critical of the United Nations, the former US official said the world body needs to made more functional and responsible.

"My father was a Czechoslovakian diplomat and was working in the UN. He was on the panel on Jammu and Kashmir. I am getting older, but the Kashmir issue is still not resolved," she said in a lighter vein.

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Mon, June 25 2012. 21:35 IST