New Delhi has said that it expects Islamabad to “honour” the deadline it had set to reply to India’s dossier on the Mumbai terror attacks.
Amidst reports that Islamabad had found no evidence linking it to the Mumbai attacks and that the strikes were planned outside its territory, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said, “We are expecting Pakistan to act.”
Pointing out that New Delhi had not given any deadline to complete the investigation, he said, “They fix the deadlines. It was Pakistan itself that mentioned a deadline for bringing the probe report to light. We did not give them any deadline. And we think that they should comply with it," Mukherjee said.
Meanwhile, former National Security Advisor Brajesh Mishra has said that the United States must use aid as an instrument to get hundred per cent cooperation of the Pakistan Armed Forces if it wants to succeed in Afghanistan.
Addressing a session on “Future Direction of US Relations with India and the Region” organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and The Asia Foundation, Mishra said, “aid must be denied until the Pakistan Army fully cooperates with the US and the international community against the Taliban in Afghanistan.”
The Pakistan army, he added, would not survive very long without material and financial aid from the US.
He noted that Beijing’s tone towards New Delhi has become “more strident” post the Indo-US nuclear deal. In the last two weeks alone, there has been talk about occupying Southern Tibet, China’s euphemism for Arunachal. What would the Obama administration’s policy be in such a situation?
Karl F. Inderfurth, former US Assistance Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs, said that the future of the US is tied to the future of Asia, which is a reflection of the economic and strategic weight that the region carries.