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'Sensible people in India, Pak trying to resolve issues'

world Updated: Jan 23, 2009 11:40 IST

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A top intelligence-official designate of the Obama Administration has appreciated the leadership of India and Pakistan who are trying to resolve their issues without resorting to warfare.

"I know quite a few Indian leaders from my past and have met many Pakistani leaders. On both sides there is recognition that a war between them would be a bad thing for both countries," said Dennis Blair, who has been nominated as National Intelligence Director.

Blair said this in response to a question during an interaction with reporters following his confirmation hearing by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

"I think, there are sensible people who are trying to solve issues without resorting to warfare," he said yesterday.

"We are very worried that both (India and Pakistan) have nuclear weapons... And very clearly it would be for the first war between two nuclear powers... We are aware of that situation," Blair said.

Earlier, testifying before Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Blair identified Security of Pak's nuclear arsenal and peace and stability in South Asia issues of near-term concern for the US.

He said that managing the growing power and influence of China and India are among the key long-term challenge of the US intelligence and policymakers.