Report: US may reverse policy of dealing with Pakistan, India separately


After seven years the United States has decided to deal with Pakistan and India without a special mention of the bilateral relations, it is considering to change its previous decision.

The Foreign Ministry said the government of former US President George W. Bush and Barack Obama’s “de-hyphenated” its relations with the two neighboring countries. Allowing the United States to improve its military and strategic ties with India, Pakistan without intervention.

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Meanwhile, the United States, to help the Pakistani armed forces continued strategy in Afghanistan without consulting India.

According to the Hindu, sources said, “The proposal to re-unite the office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (srap) back to the Bureau of South and Central Asia (SCA), which is managed by India and the rest of the subcontinent and Central Asia during republic “active” consideration. ”

In October 2015 Obama announced that the slow pace of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, extend this 14-year US commitment there and successfully handing off the task of pulling out his successor.

The policy reversal, Obama will slow the pace of US troop withdrawal in Afghanistan

Calling it a “modest but meaningful” adjustment liquidation US presence in Afghanistan, Obama said the United States will continue to maintain the existing 9800 for most of 2016 because Afghan forces do not have to be as strong as its.

The de-separation policy in the US has form when it comes to srap was founded in 2009, shortly after Obama took over.

While officials at the Foreign Ministry refused to comment on the move, terming it an “internal” matter of the US government, when asked after bringing under the two neighbors in an office again, former Indian National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon said: “It looks like a re-separation of the India-Pakistan equation, which is not in our interest. ”

“The relationship has grown because of its standing as it is important that the bilateral relations of India does not overshadow relations with the region,” he added.

Pakistan is looking robust dialogue with India

In addition, several other Indian officials reportedly opposed the “third party” involvement in the US-Pakistan-India bilateral talks.

“We also saw that many officials, including Richard Holbrooke, seen through regional integration” prism of Pakistan “, so really improved relations only two desks separated,” the former official said.

However, from what it seems, it has no objection to India under the desks back together as strongly as it did in 2009.

A number of suggestive India supports the move, one that India requested that “kept in the loop” about developments in Pak-Afghan talks in US relations – the country complained about indulging in negotiations with the Taliban earlier.

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“We do not believe that talking to the Taliban, for example, how we handle that conversation,” Menon said while referring to the time when US officials wanted to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan or India.

In addition, another important indicator of the visit was srap Richard Olson Delhi before the December 2015 visit to Islamabad. When asked on the possibility of the two desks and their officials also moved together, a senior official said the Hindu, “It would be good for us,” adding that the merger ‘would lead to a balance between the two “when it came to It supports India’s point of view.

When you contact the Hindu, the US embassy in Delhi and the State Department refused to comment on the possible move, which reported a “rumor” at present.

This article originally appeared in The Hindu.


WASHINGTON: India aims to give Pakistan strategic depth in Afghanistan members and the ability to block India’s trade and other ties to Central Asia and beyond, says US Congressional report.

The report by the Congressional Research Service notes that the US-Pakistan relations, which deteriorated after the 2011 raid in Abbottabad, has been “improved somewhat.”

The report on Afghanistan, which is ready for research and reference material for US lawmakers, contain a brief description of India’s Afghanistan policy.

It notes that India also wants to prevent militants in Afghanistan attack Indian targets in Afghanistan.

Although India wants Pakistan to prevent regained “overwhelming” influence in today’s Afghanistan, “did not want to saddle the burden of helping secure Afghanistan” after the US launch, the report added.

The report shows that India has seen the Afghan Taliban’s hosting of Al Qaeda during 1996-2001 and a serious threat because of al-Qaeda’s association with the Pakistani groups fighting in Kashmir.

The report claims that some groups have committed major acts of terrorism in India, including the Mumbai terrorist attacks in November 2008 and July 2011.

It notes that in Afghanistan to seek close relations with India because it wants access to India’s large and rapidly growing economy -. “Alarming but not in Pakistan”

The report shows that the United States and India have common interests in Afghanistan. In May 2011, India and Afghanistan, announced a strategic partnership agreement that “evidence of US support for India’s efforts to better integrate Afghanistan’s regional political, economic and security structures,” the report added.

But the report also points out that if the October 5, 2011, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed a pact with New Delhi, “it is confirmed by Pakistan fears India, for the first time, a formal role in Afghan security.” In this agreement, India will train 600 Afghan military personnel each year.

After the May 2013 border clashes with Pakistan, President Karzai visited India twice to buy Indian artillery, aircraft and other systems better protect the Pakistan border.

India allegedly “resisted the request is not to become more directly involved in the conflict in Afghanistan or Pakistan alarm,” the report added.

President Ashraf Ghani, however, has canceled this request, “to avoid the complexity of the information to Pakistan.”

In April 2015 the President Ghani visited India to participate directly in the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.