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India has been pushed into talks: Pak scholar

Observing that India is “shocked” by the idea of international community talking to the Taliban, a noted Pakistani scholar has said that New Delhi has been virtually pushed into talks with Islamabad.

world Updated: Feb 23, 2010 09:50 IST

Observing that India is “shocked” by the idea of international community talking to the Taliban, a noted Pakistani scholar has said that New Delhi has been virtually pushed into talks with Islamabad.

“I think the Indians have been pushed into talks. They’ve been quite shocked by this idea that the international community is now ready for some kind of dialogue with the Taliban, and obviously they want to find out from Pakistan what they want to do,” Ahmed Rashid, author of ‘Descent into Chaos´ said at the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations.

Referring to the February 25 talks between India and Pakistan at the level of Foreign Secretary, Rashid said he does not has much expectations from the resumption of the peace talks between the two South Asian neighbours.

“I am not expecting anything very dramatic, but I think a couple of things are important to note. I think one reason the Indians have come back to the table -- and they were the ones who were refusing to talk to Pakistan until Pakistan had dismantled the terrorist infrastructure, extremist groups which had been fighting in Kashmir; now, Pakistan has done no such thing, and yet the Indians have come back,” he said.

“I think one reason is that, obviously, there’s been a lot of pressure from the Americans and from the international community, and even from within India.