WASHINGTON: US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has felicitated President-elect Asif Ali Zardari on his election as head of the state and praised the Pakistani leader’s avowed commitment to return unconstitutionally appropriated powers from presidency to the parliament. “I congratulate Asif Ali Zardari on his election as President of Pakistan. I am glad to hear of his pledge to return this office to its traditional stature, and return to Parliament the powers unconstitutionally appropriated to the presidency,” the senator said in a statement.
US presidential candidate Barack Obama has repeatedly said he would use military force if necessary against al-Qaeda in Pakistan even without Pakistan’s consent. Barack Obama has called a redeployment of troops into Afghanistan and even Pakistan. Obama also showed his intentions in a speech made on Wednesday Aug 1, 2007 saying “if elected in November 2008 he would be willing to attack inside Pakistan with or without approval from the Pakistani government, a move that would likely cause anxiety in the already troubled region.”
However this is pertinent to see how things would unfold if he is elected as US President and his repeated and striking comments about Pakistan in presence of constitutionally elected President whom he has felicitated also.