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Pak army is the problem: India

A top Indian official told US's Af-Pak envoy Richard Holbrooke in 2009 that most of the problems in Pakistan can be traced to its military's intentions and informed him that post 26/11 India had consciously not attempted to take any measures that would destabilise the civilian government there.

world Updated: Dec 02, 2010 00:47 IST
Lalit K. Jha

A top Indian official told US's Af-Pak envoy Richard Holbrooke in 2009 that most of the problems in Pakistan can be traced to its military's intentions and informed him that post 26/11 India had consciously not attempted to take any measures that would destabilise the civilian government there.

In his meeting with Holbrooke on February 16, 2009 in New Delhi, the then-Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon also thanked the envoy for the US's role in pressing Pakistan to act on India's dossier on Mumbai attacks and said that it was "remarkable that we got this far."

"Turning to Pakistan, Menon observed that the mood there had deteriorated over the past year, saying it had gone from euphoria after the return of a civilian government to worries over security and the economy," says a secret US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks.

The US has influence, however, "where it matters most," Menon, now National Security Advisor, said. "Most of the problems in Pakistan can be traced to the capacity and intentions of Pakistan's military."

"Not only must Pakistan's army shift its attention from east to west," Menon asserted, but it must also cut its links to jihadi organisations, who have gone global over the past five years."

Menon said, Pakistan's Army continued to make things difficult for India, through ceasefire violations, infiltrations and continued support for terrorist groups.