On U.S., India and Pakistan: maybe some transparency would help

April 5, 2010

biden karzaiAccording to the Wall Street Journal, ”President Barack Obama issued a secret directive in December to intensify American diplomacy aimed at easing tensions between India and Pakistan, asserting that without détente between the two rivals, the administration’s efforts to win Pakistani cooperation in Afghanistan would suffer. ”

“The directive concluded that India must make resolving its tensions with Pakistan a priority for progress to be made on U.S. goals in the region, according to people familiar with its contents,” it says.

It also says there is a debate within the U.S. administration over how far to push India to improve relations with Pakistan, with the Pentagon lobbying for more pressure on New Delhi and the State Department resisting, arguing this could backfire.

The idea that resolving tensions between India and Pakistan is central to stabilising Afghanistan is not new. Its importance rose up the agenda during Obama’s election campaign in 2008. And it never really went away despite successful Indian lobbying to keep any reference to India or Kashmir out of the title given to U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke in January 2009.  At the time, the truncated title was seen as not so much as a reflection of ground realities (Pakistan has always fixed its foreign and security policies in relation to India), but as a way of providing the space for discreet diplomacy to succeed where public pressure might fail.

What is new is the context.   India is deeply sensitive to what it sees as Washington’s favouritism towards Pakistan as it tries to find a way out of the stalemate in Afghanistan.  As a result it has become “America’s Wounded Ally” in the expression used by Indian analyst Sumit Ganguly in Newsweek, angry with Obama for turning his back on a blossoming relationship forged by his predecessors.

As a brief aside, this has happened before. Immediately after 9/11 India sought to capitalise on its then growing ties with the United States by offering the use of Indian bases for its campaign in Afghanistan only to see Washington turn instead to its old Cold War favourite Pakistan. At the time, an Indian analyst I knew rather graphically compared the sense of betrayal in New Delhi to that of a mistress whose lover goes back to his wife.  His analogy may have accurately captured the emotional response at the time, but it was wrong in substance, since India and the United States went on to build an even stronger relationship, including signing a deal effectively recognising India as a nuclear power.  The same may yet happen again despite all the current hand-wringing.

However, to return to the subject of the WSJ report, and the debate over how far Washington should go to push India and Pakistan into improving relations:

The WSJ quotes State Department officials as arguing that the most recent promising peace effort – secret reconciliation talks on Kashmir several years ago between Indian Prime Minster Manmohan Singh and then-Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf – occurred without U.S. involvement.

At least three questions need to be asked about that statement.

First of all, are they really talking about no U.S. involvement at all? As we now know, U.S. and British diplomats were involved in encouraging those backchannel talks, smoothing out the rough edges and many misunderstandings, even though they did not actually sit at the same table to mediate.

Secondly, how do we know those talks made progress specifically because of the limits on U.S. involvement? Some analysts argue that India’s coercive diplomacy in the military standoff with Pakistan from 2001-2002 forced a change of heart in Musharraf, transforming him from the architect of the 1999 Kargil war to a leader seeking peace over Kashmir. Others say Musharraf, who seized power in a military coup in 1999, wanted peace with India to secure his own legacy and bolster his position within Pakistan. With so many variables, it is impossible to say with any certainty which one played the most significant role.

Thirdly, those talks were held in secret, with the result that they failed to carry public opinion or even subsequent governments along with them. Was this secrecy really that helpful?  Secret meetings between top Indian and Pakistani envoys in hotels in third countries away from the glare of the media have their uses - as demonstrated by the progress made on Kashmir in the back-channel talks under Musharraf.  But how helpful can they be if they remain deniable and unknown to the public? 

A different, and possibly more productive debate, would be over whether anybody gains from the total lack of transparency in relations between India and Pakistan and in the extent of U.S. involvement.

Some of the most contentious issues between the two countries are those that are the most opaque.  India is deeply suspicious of the attitude of the Pakistan Army and its Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency to the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group blamed for the November 2008 attack on Mumbai.  It has not helped that the Lashkar-e-Taiba is seen in India as behind last month’s attack in Kabul which targeted Indians.  The United States has muddied the waters further by stalling on giving India access to David Headley, the Chicago man accused of working with the Laskhar-e-Taiba to plan the Mumbai attacks. 

Pakistan in turn is deeply suspicious of India’s presence in Afghanistan, accusing its intelligence agency of funding militants, including Baluch separatists, to destabilise Pakistan – an accusation India denies.  The United States has yet to be particularly clear about where it stands on India’s role in Afghanistan.

In the meantime, nobody knows for sure how much the United States is working behind the scenes to convince both countries to talk, or for that matter to try to dampen down the proxy war their intelligence agencies are accused of fighting in Afghanistan.

According to the Indian blog, The Acorn, news of the Obama directive in the WSJ report will make it even harder for Indian Prime Minister Singh to pursue peace moves with Pakistan for fear of being seen to do so under U.S. pressure. “Mr Obama has put Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a political difficult position. The news of the White House ‘directive’ making it into the public domain will, paradoxically, severely damage any prospect of New Delhi making things easier for the United States, even when such actions might be in India’s own interests.”

That’s in line with current thinking that discreet diplomacy is more effective than open discussion. But discreet diplomacy has not worked. How about going the other way into far greater transparency?

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The USA again seems to be acting with the same level of foolishness as it has acted in the past vis-a-vis pakistan.

Perhaps president Obama needs to be reminded by the enlightened Indian public that long before USA started feeling the effects of Islamic fanaticism/terrorism/fundamentalism, we Indians were the silent victims of it.

If president Obama thinks that he can bargain and build up temporary agreements with these islamists and push Indian interests down the drain, he is making a very foolish judgement.

It is India that has some thing in common with the USA, not the country with the highest density of islamic terrorists per square mile in the world(Pakistan)and again it is the Indian public which loves every thing American not the venom spitting anti-american population of the pakistan.

My simple request to the US administration- “think before you dump us” because we tend to have long memories….and we know that if you depend on the “Islamic republic of Pakistan” for your long term safety and security,you will be brutally disappointed.

- Dr.Chaitanya,London.

Posted by Dr.Chaitanya | Report as abusive

The US is trying to find the path of least resistance. It has tried Pakistan hard and they have been very difficult to get a grip on. Pakistan has been so slimy and slippery that the US is on the verge of giving up forcing Pakistan to do anything. And it manages to sucker the US into giving lot of money, and weapons while not doing much that is demanded of it. Pakistan has learned the art of deflecting anything directed at it to perfection. So Americans are now looking at India which has been a milder nation and can be pushed around somewhat easier. Both Pakistan and the US have not co-operated with India in regards to the Mumbai attack investigations. I read in newspapers that access to Headley is being restricted. The US is worried about another can of worms being opened with its activities coming into the open. So the US is going to tell India to wind down Afghan missions, give up Kashmir and tolerate terrorist insurgencies from Pakistan. This is old story and it was much worse during the cold war days. So India is used to these kinds of political see-saw games. India should simply tell the US to take a big royal hike towards the deserts of Balochistan. India is not reliant on the US and can sustain its economic engine without US help. India is not weak like before therefore it is time to be assertive and tell the Americans to turn around and stop kissing Pakistan. Their embassy just got bombed in Peshawar. Hope they have learned a lesson from it.

Posted by KPSingh01 | Report as abusive

Myra,

I have always hold Obama in high spirit, but this article in WSJ will make him one of the most stupid politicians of US . Like any other nation in the world , India is a sovereign country , a proud nation, the largest democracy and an economic superpower . In this situation, it is US who needs India more , with these kind of attitudes, US will loose its credibility , and will give rise anti-US element in Indian society .

Posted by manishindia | Report as abusive

Myra:
@But discreet diplomacy has not worked. How about going the other way into far greater transparency?”

–Oh yeah!
One must be cautious of transparency in the guise of BS. Perhaps only you could come here in the room full of your readers and tell us how one must not call it idiotic of Obama’s policies. Obama dropped pearls of wisdom in China. Forget about statesmanship, we are asking for common sense here that asking China to help India-Pakistan when China itself is sitting on looted land of Kashmir and has border problems with India. May be we cannot see the hidden and u can throw light on that.

Then he is continuing.

Perhaps you could explain us why asking India to do….must not be called distracting and confusing the public, especially the Western, to put blame on someone like India-Pak relationship for the terrible defeat that the USA has suffered at the hand of Taliban.

He can fool the gullible West and some in this region, but a common man here has inherent ability to understand that this is same old divide and rule policy and is the very reason India wants 3rd party out–at least in public eyes. Politicians and media cannot handle transparency.

Also: how many times would you change your hypothesis….1st it was road to solution was via Kashmir,,,,then you shifted it and said it is via kabul…now the USA is doing lil funky stuff and you are back to your original hypthesis. What is happening here? Not expected from you who has written a book on this region. But may be you have some explanations for your shifting interpretations that coincide with the politicians moves.

Then you have complaints when people in the region state that ‘THE WEST’ cannot understand and is a problem. may be you can sum it up and you will know the reason. They have nothing at stake here. Simple.

@“The directive concluded that India must make resolving its tensions with Pakistan a priority for progress to be made on U.S. goals in the region, according to people familiar with its contents,”
—Really, what are the accomplishments of the USA in last 9yrs and what has India done to hinder that. But Myra, you are fine with the American idiocy.

Myra: may be you should mention the real reason why the USA failed because it invaded millions of innocents in Iraq. This is mentioned as “distraction” of the USA (lol). But you will not utter a word on that and rather dabble into all this India-Pak insignificant stuff which is a problem for the region and for 2 countries but not in anyway hindered US’s goals. THIS IS CRAP.

You have never out up a blog on Iraq—at least I have not seen that. That is the real reason that the USA failed. Worry is the USA has left Iraq in mess and will do the same here. USA is losing trust quickly.

Posted by RajeevK | Report as abusive

And may i ask why should Indians talk peace with people who have attacked us 3 times? And for what? to bargain over piece of land that is part of India? Just because religious fanatics want to have a separate state? Because even with other communities expelled from that land they are not satisfied? Because we have not treated them the way they are treated world over. And most of us feel only anger when US only mentions that India “suspects” of Pakistan hand in all the terrorist attacks on our land. US will wipe out Iraq and Afghan without much evidence and we are not even allowed to say that Pak is responsible for all of it, even though they say it themselves (ask ISI, LeT..). What kind of BS is this? How long we can take it?

US is a country we admire, but its leaders and officials should try straight forward reason for a change. We don’t expect any favours from you, just simple reason. That is good for everybody in long run, including Pak. Otherwise, what is the path left for us to choose? More indians will finally accept that we should treat this piece of land as chinese treat tibet and russian chechnya. Only might is right.

Posted by Sidswift | Report as abusive

“But discreet diplomacy has not worked. How about going the other way into far greater transparency?”

Yes transparency is good! Let’s start with the Pakistani army & ISI being ‘transparent’ about their relationships with terror outfits like the LeT and with their ‘non-state actors’ who are constantly being bred & supported to conduct terror attacks in India? Will they be ready to do that? It’s easier said than done, Myra.

Posted by Mortal1 | Report as abusive

Good suggestion.

Perhaps Pakistan should also be transparent and release the number of terrorist training camps it runs against India, release details on how much pakistan is funding these terrorist organizations, and should release information on how Pakistan has waged terrorism on unarmed Indian civilians past 30 years!

All fair minded people will support such transparency!

Posted by Seekeroftruth | Report as abusive

Well India is never any ones real and sincere friend. Ask USSR, India was supposed to be the best friend for last 50 years. USA and India were always poles apart for last 5 decades. Then came the downfall of USSR with it came the rise of USA. Since 2001 India has totally turned its back on USSR, shows the loyalty of Indians is based on temporary expediency.

Let us wait to see as the next great depression in USA is anticipated and may well be the actual downfall of this great economic power.Well then you can be 100% sure India and USA friendship may well be the end game based on the historic patterns described here.

Posted by ratee | Report as abusive

Transparency should be from both sides!! What are 26 Indian consulates doing so important in Afghanistan, and why is its USA is encouraging India to interfere in Pakistan through Afghanistan?

What transparency of Pakistani ISI you want as Pakistan, why do you not talk of transparency of RAW and its attacks on Pakistani cities. A Indian terrorist trained by RAW released by Ansar Burney from a Pakistani prison in 2008, when he reached India he said that he was responsible for 4 bomb blasts in Lahore.This statement may be verified on the net before providing any response to my letter.

So my dear friends do not be one sided Indian RAW is one of the most sinister underground organization in the world!!!

Posted by ratee | Report as abusive

@ Ratee: “Well India is never any ones real and sincere friend. Ask USSR, India was supposed to be the best friend for last 50 years. USA and India were always poles apart for last 5 decades”

No offense but you are simply too biased & ignorant to understand the dynamics of diplomatic relations, be it India-USSR or India-US but I can’t blame you since you’re a product of Pakistan’s ‘fictional education’ system where they teach you fictional ‘history’ & fictional ‘facts’.
FYI, India & Russia enjoy very good relations even today. As far as India-US relations are concerned, yes their relations weren’t great during the cold war but there were always more commonalities between India & US than there ever were or will be, between US & Pakistan. Their relations have mainly gotten much better due to India’s resurgent economy, which came into prominence in the 90′s after Dr. Singh & company dumped the protectionist & socialist policies, followed by India since independence & opened up India’s economy. This led to stronger economic ties between the 2 countries which are getting even stronger.

@ “Let us wait to see as the next great depression in USA is anticipated and may well be the actual downfall of this great economic power”

Before becoming an analyst on the American economy, I suggest that you read some recent economic data & reports which clearly indicate that the economy is on the rebound & joblessness is actually receding. Maybe should consider going by some credible sources (published in the US) instead of just blindly believing what your mullah/military establishment tells you.

@ “What are 26 Indian consulates doing so important in Afghanistan, and why is its USA is encouraging India to interfere in Pakistan through Afghanistan?”

Here we go again with the consulates! Hey, at least you brought down the number from the previous guy’s 107 to 26, so thanks for that. Do you have any substantiable & credible non-Pakistani source for your outrageous claims?

@ “This statement may be verified on the net before providing any response to my letter”

Ya, I did that & couldn’t find anything anywhere except on a bunch of your typical garden-variety Pakistani propaganda sites. Again, do you have any ‘credible’ source for your claims?

Posted by Mortal1 | Report as abusive

Myra ,

What Obama and his cronies like Holbrook, have failed to realize that like sun is the source of all energy , Pakistan is the source of all terror acts in the world. In order to eliminate the terrorism from the world , US and its allies should wage an all out war against Pakistani Army , ISI, individuals like famous nuclear thief , A.Q.Khan , and other retired army commanders and ISI operatives. From Headly to Osama , and talibans, Al-Queda and its various terror outfits spread all over the world , have been trained by Pakistanis and financed by Saudi Arabia. Putting pressure on India will not only back fire but will be vary harmful on US economically .

Posted by manishindia | Report as abusive

Ratee is a typical product of Pakistani education system. India has a few of them (Shiv Sena, Bajrang dal, etc). The difference is that by far greater percentage of Pakistani population is brainwashed and thinks in single dimension. Just look at Ratee’s view on friendship (US-India, Russia-India)- as per Ratee’s upbringing friendship is a ‘fixed’ quantity; if you increase friendship with one then you have to decrease it with other as it is a ‘fixed’ parameter. You can’t blame Ratee for this; it’s the Pakistani education system. They will tell you that Kashmir crisis must be solved as per UN’s resolution but what they will not tell you is that it also applies to Pak occupied Kashmir. If Kashmir is their heart then why give away a portion of it to China? Most Pakistanis do not even know that there is also Chinese occupied Kashmir. One cannot ethnically cleanse lakhs of Pandits in the hope of winning plebiscite. The problem is not so much the Pakistanis but the weak leadership of India. Remove article 370 and resettle all pandits back into their homeland. And if we genuinely believe that Kashmir is an integral part of India then allow Indians from any part of India to invest in Kashmir (in terms of buying land, building factories, etc). This will give people of Kashmir a lively hood and make them shun violence.

Posted by bazigar | Report as abusive

Same old, same old, different date.

As a matter of interest I went through the last 2 pages on this blog and of 20 posts, 4 are general, otherwise the theme is the same – India Pak, Af – Pak, India – Pak – Kashmir, Taliban – Pakistan Afghanistan. Almost all conflict oriented and it is losing effect.

This blog is on Pakistan, surely there is more, and I know there is much more on Pakistan and the country, rather than Indo Pak talks/rivalry, Kashmir, water wars – imagined and feared, Taliban and Holbrooke/Obama/Good Taliban etc etc.

I came here, quite some time ago, hoping to get a grip on events in Pakistan, I got a dose of war clouds, conflicts and negativity. Reminds me of the two TV channels in India who are planning there own Indo-Pak wars, like here. Can we please move on from there? We have the same 10 odd people discussing and repeating the same old things, actually just two Pakistanis really, one with an apparent multiple ID syndrome, and now its got to a point where it is meaningless. The same thing is being said by the same people in differnet words. No one wants to even reply to points raised by the others, and this is true now of even the authors here. The lack of Pakistani opinion here is perhaps reflective of how much they think about what is discussed here.

Can we please have some positive energy around here? Its too stifling.

Posted by DaraIndia | Report as abusive

My previous comment was more to agree with what Rajeev mentioned earlier, on flip flops and recurring themes.

Sorry if this is stepping on some toes, but if the hat fits ……………..

Posted by DaraIndia | Report as abusive

Obama is actually correct and is pushing in the right direction. If India and Pakistan are not able to settle down issues on their own for what ever reason and that is resulting in a discomfort to someone else (US), then US is right in doing something about it..
India should capitalize on this opportunity and accept help from the US..
US can force pakistan to eliminate the terror infrastructur in POK, if soft diplomacy doesn’t work..extend drone attacks in to POK region to eliminate terrorists focused on hurting India..once India is comfortable with zero infiltration attempts, India can pull out of borders.tension is eased, pakistan can focus in AF-PAK region.
secondly US can diplomatically put pressure on Pak to concentrate on domestic issues rather than dreaming about kashmir..pak should have a good democracy, bring army and ISI under democratic leadership framework.
Which will help US, pakistan, India and the region in a bigger picture.

Posted by Divu | Report as abusive

It’s a same old crap; Pakistan is a failed terrorist country blah blah….. bunch of BS. These are Indian propagandists at their best.
Myra, what I do not understand is why 2 countries, which are not able to solve their problems for the last 60 yrs, should have a issue with a mediator. Unless one or both of them are not honest about solving them and that one certainly is not Pakistan.
” Delhi politicians who usually ignore the Pakistani point of view and take the Kashmir discussion into a cul de sac called bilateral talks. During bilateral talks Delhi then kills all discussion by loudly proclaiming that Kashmir is an integral part of Bharat (aka India) and the topic of boundaries are not subject to negotiations. Since 1947 dozens of these talks have been held between Delhi and Pakistan–all ending in abject failure due to obduracy, intransigence and skullduggery of Delhi. Pakistan is not the only country that has faced Bharati tergiversation. Delhi has been unable to resolve its boundary disputes with any of her neighbors, namely Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Myanmar, China, Bangladesh”.

Posted by babag | Report as abusive

”Delhi politicians who usually ignore the Pakistani point of view and take the Kashmir discussion into a cul de sac called bilateral talks…..”
Posted by babag

And the Pakistani propaganda site from where you got this precious li’l quote, is???

Posted by Mortal1 | Report as abusive

Obama administration has wisely understood the blatant propaganda orchestrated by Indian liars, same old rants Pakistan is a terrorist state Pakistan is a failed state. Not anymore, coercive diplomacy and propaganda doesnt work well and India has lost credibility. Now your think tanks must sit together and bring some transparency in Indian policymaking.
Though I learnt Tim Giethner is in Delhi and wonder what US Treasury secretary is doing there. US will look after its economic interests in India and security interests in Pakistan. It is upto India and Pakistan to mend their fences between them. Outsiders do’nt care much.

Posted by Umairpk | Report as abusive

Divu: “Obama is actually correct and is pushing in the right direction. If India and Pakistan are not able to settle down issues on their own for what ever reason and that is resulting in a discomfort to someone else (US), then US is right in doing something about it..
India should capitalize on this opportunity and accept help from the US..
US can force pakistan to eliminate the terror infrastructur in POK, if soft diplomacy doesn’t work..”

This is a naive view of things at best. The US has never settled any dispute across the world. Wherever it entered “to solve” anything ended up in a much worse state than before. Look at its recent entry into Iraq and what it has created. The US has not come out of the cold war mindset yet. It will take a few decades of undoing for that to happen. It has made a total mess of everything including the Af-Pak. Though its government changes hands every four or eight years, there has been a consistency between the different regimes in terms of short sighted policies based on utter ignorance, trying to find quick solutions without considering long term impacts, aligning with the wrong group at the crucial stage of any issue, being happy with military hitech show etc..

You don’t want the US to get involved in anything. They are highly ignorant of the outside world and they have the most powerful and ignorant media in the world to back that. If the US is brought into Kashmir, it will spread the terror across the whole sub-continent. Pakistan has been facing suicide blasts almost daily now after the US increased its offensive inside Afghanistan. And they have not found a solution to that mess yet. Being clueless they are looking for excuses. I won’t be surprised if they end up linking the whole mess with Arab-Isreaeli conflict.

Kashmir issue or whatever issue between India and Pakistan can be resolved bilaterally. But Pakistan resembles its own cricket team. There are too many captains and inner conflicts which results in collective failure and inability to pose a common front. The only thing that unites them is hatred for India.

The US would have been better off going to war with Pakistan in 2001 instead of dancing around Afghanistan, Iraq etc. If the US had decimated Pakistan at that time, Kashmir issue will not be alive today. And the Taliban would be extinct along with many other “assets” that the Pak military maintains.

Let us wait for the Americans to pack their bags and go home. The region is better off without them. They are only going to make things worse by staying longer. They have not accomplished anything and are at the verge of begging the Taliban to come to shake hands with them.

The weakness on the Indians side is total ineptness. There is no proactive plans or moves. They just sit and wait for things to hurt them and then they react. There is no boldness or confidence in making the right decisions. Look at how they are handling the Maoist onslaught. Kashmir has gone out of control partly due to our own ineptness. India has to stop relying on the US for anything based on the lessons learnt. Pakistanis can vouch for that. Kashmir issue is fueled by Pakistan. If that part can be addressed, there will be no issue. Counter strategies are needed to gain leverage in the region. But our leaders are clueless. There is a finance guy running the home ministry. Another guy with no finance background is the finance minister. What do you expect to emerge out of this combination?

Posted by KPSingh01 | Report as abusive

Umairpk: “Obama administration has wisely understood the blatant propaganda orchestrated by Indian liars, same old rants Pakistan is a terrorist state Pakistan is a failed state.”

Only time will tell. Everyone other than Pakistanis have been saying that Pakistan is the epicenter of Islamic terrorism and one of the worst countries in the world currently. Just because the Americans threw a few biscuits to chew towards your side, it does not translate into a wonder world right away. Pakistan would have been a failed state if the US did not knock out the militants with its drones. Pakistani army did nothing in Waziristan other than move its tanks and shoot bullets in the air. The Americans killed off their key leaders. Pakistan has only preserved elements like Haqqani and Hekmatyar.

“Not anymore, coercive diplomacy and propaganda doesnt work well and India has lost credibility.”

I have not seen any mention of India losing credibility on anything. The US recently mentioned about anti-Indian terrorist groups still flourishing in Pakistan. The source of Mumbai attacks has been traced to the heart of Pakistan and no one has lost any credibility over that.

“Now your think tanks must sit together and bring some transparency in Indian policymaking”

Transparency is that Pakistan supports and sustains one of the worst terrorist elements in the world and India has made it quite transparent. There is nothing more left.

“Though I learnt Tim Giethner is in Delhi and wonder what US Treasury secretary is doing there”

He is there to fund the next Indian consulate in Afghanistan :-)

“US will look after its economic interests in India and security interests in Pakistan”

Not for long. The US will dump Pakistan as soon as it gets out of Afghanistan. They are being nice to Pakistan because the road to Kabul goes through Karachi and Islamabad. Economic ties are any day better for long term relationship. They make countries mutually dependent on each other and reduce any tension and misunderstanding. It is a step in the right direction. We’ll do business with the US and not dirry stuff like your dear country has been doing.

“It is upto India and Pakistan to mend their fences between them. Outsiders do’nt care much.”

Agreed on that one. Pakistani army does not want an end to any issues with India because it will raise a question on its grip on power. So it will sustain conflicts one after the other while the diplomats sit and warm the chairs. Mumbai attacks were staged to derail all the progress. We all know who was behind it. And we expect more like this because Pakistani army does not want peace in the region. It needs an enemy and it will do everything it can to keep that enmity alive. That is why we Indians have no faith in your country’s diplomats. They are all puppets of your military which decides all foreign policy in the region. We took away 30000 troops from Kashmir and Pakistan was supposed to reciprocate. Not one step has been taken in that regard.

We know the routine. We have been used to the hostility from Pakistan ever since our independence. We will keep up with it in the future as well. We are still here.

Posted by KPSingh01 | Report as abusive

I feel US should keep out of problems of these two nations, both India and Pakistan are matured countries who can solve there issues…

India should understand to take a strong stance when khargil war, parliament attack, 26/11 attack etc were all from Pakistan, hence current talks are leading to no where; it should change its strategy and get into better way of peacefully resolving the conflict and pressure Pakistan to end its terror on Indian soil.

US being smart should have by this time already realized that Pakistan can not be trusted; I’m not sure why they are still perusing Pakistan and pumping billion of US Tax payers money into the country which has no hope and country which still has to establish who runs the business – army generals, president or prime minister. Most of terror attack on US had links of Pakistan including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed who was safeguarded in Pakistan however was arrested due to green bag supplied to Pakistan.
History speaks a lot, US funded and trained the mujahideen during Soviet war in Afghanistan during Carter and Reagan administrations which lead to formation of Al-Quida by OB Ladin; we all know what happend next. Now they are pumping money into Pakistan what if history repeats?

Pakistan should also pull there socks and understand they are becoming puppets of US by taking money for crabbing Afghan; they are also becoming victims of there own deed in the hands of Taliban and now China is taking advantage of situation and by way of helping Pakistan they are trying to show military supremacy in the region. Pakistan do not have any trust from India with whom if they had good relation there could have been much better country with political stability and civilian prosperity.

End of the day; India, Pakistan and US are getting affected by all these events. Everyone must understand there position and take a step back and think of next steps. US should stop interfering, Pak should first stop terror attack on India so that platform is created for bilateral talks and India should be more aggressive and take control of situation and resolve issues peacefully.

- Sudheendra Karanam

Posted by Sudheendra | Report as abusive

Ratee:

Door-door tak jab bacha rota hai to Rehman Malik kehta hai baita chup hoja nahin to RAW aa jaiga.

@26 Indian consulates in Afghanistan” Perhaps it is time Pakistan set up a “ministry of counting Indian consulates in Afghanistan”. The numbers change each day.

Posted by RajeevK | Report as abusive