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'Pak govt reluctant to plunge into war with Afghan militants'

Suspicious of deepening ties between India and the United States, Pakistan is reluctant to plunge into war with Afghan militants and even high-profile visits of US officials have failed to win over a military and civilian establishment in Islamabad, a media report said.

world Updated: Jan 25, 2010 11:26 IST

Suspicious of deepening ties between India and the United States, Pakistan is reluctant to plunge into war with Afghan militants and even high-profile visits of US officials have failed to win over a military and civilian establishment in Islamabad, a media report said.

The recent visit of US Defence Secretary Robert Gates and US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke could not convince Pakistan to go ahead full throat in its war against terrorism.

"One major obstacle, analysts said, is the close relationship between the United States and India," The Washington Post today reported in its dispatch from Islamabad.

"India-Pakistan relations are mired in mistrust, with India suspecting Pakistan of colluding in a terrorist attack in Mumbai in late 2008, and Pakistan suspecting that India uses Afghanistan to launch anti-Pakistan subversion," it said.

The Post said that for some Pakistanis, the message of support delivered by Gates and other recent visitors, including special envoy Holbrooke, has been discredited by similar US messages of support for India.