It could take Pakistan three or more years to recover from the major floods that have affected the country over the past few weeks, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari said, Reuters/MSNBC.com reports (8/24).
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Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy to Pakistan, “sought to highlight Washington’s aid efforts Wednesday during his first visit” to the country since the severe floods hit, the Associated Press reports. “Holbrooke stressed that U.S. support is focused on saving lives, rather than winning hearts and minds or pushing Pakistan to step up operations against al-Qaida and the Taliban.”