* Zardari tells WT ‘it’s time to engage tribal leaders’
* Says US policy strengthened extremists
By Khalid Hasan, Daily Times, May 30, 2008
WASHINGTON: The United States needs assurances that Pakistan is not handing the Taliban and related groups even greater sanctuary in the region than they already enjoy, however, it must also understand the differences between “the many actors in this very important drama,” according to an editorial in the Washington Times on Thursday.
The newspaper also carries an interview given by Asif Ali Zardari to its columnist Harlan Ullman, in which the PPP co-chairman is quoted as saying, “The Government of Pakistan will never negotiate with terrorists, but we fully intend to engage tribal leaders who have been abandoned by the previous government and have been co-opted by extremists by coercion.
“We will engage them on the condition that they yield their arms and cease their attacks on the Paki…