Upset over the US' continuing supply of cutting-edge military hardware to Pakistan, India has asked it to set up a mechanism to ensure that American military aid was not diverted by Islamabad to target India.
"We are in regular touch with the Americans... they are aware and alert to our concerns," a well-placed source close to the government said when asked about the military aid promised to Pakistan at the US-Pakistan strategic dialogue held in Washington a week ago.
"We have told them that they need to develop a mechanism to monitor the assistance they are giving to Pakistan," the source said.
"India is sure that they (US) will keep this aspect in mind if they are sensitive to our security concerns."
India has raised the issue of the US military supplies to Pakistan at many levels and pointed out to them that the aid was being used to bolster anti-India military infrastructure, but Washington has gone ahead with it due to its strategic calculations and compulsions in Afghanistan.
In a sign of new comfort level between the two countries, the US briefed India on the March 24-25 US-Pakistan strategic talks. US National Security Advisor James Jones briefed his Indian counterpart Shivshankar Menon while Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao was briefed by Under Secretary of State William Burns.
Downplaying the outcome of the Pakistan-US strategic dialogue, the sources said it was not a genuine strategic partnership, but "a relationship born out of necessity". "We see the glass quite clearly... it is a relationship born out of necessity in which Pakistan has to deliver a lot in terms of dealing with terrorism and the problems it faces," a source said.
The sources said India was not worried about the US agreeing to discuss a nuclear deal with Pakistan, but pointed out that it was virtually impossible given Islamabad's clandestine nuclear programme and its dubious proliferation record.
India has also rejected reports that suggested the US was not providing access to American-Pakistani David Coleman Headley, who has confessed to his role in plotting the Mumbai attacks. The two countries were in constant touch in the matter, the sources said.
Washington had assured New Delhi that it would answer every question and concern that India would raise with regard to Headley.