US envoy to Pak dubs purported Kapoor comments as 'silly'
US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson described as 'silly' the purported comments by Indian Army chief Gen Deepak Kapoor on a new military doctrine including scenarios such as a two-front simultaneous war with both China and Pakistan.world Updated: Jan 07, 2010 15:36 IST
US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson on Thursday described as "silly" the purported comments by Indian Army chief Gen Deepak Kapoor on a new military doctrine including scenarios such as a two-front simultaneous war with both China and Pakistan.
Pakistan and India could gain a great deal from cooperation rather than confrontation, Patterson said in an interview with Dawn News channel.
To a question about the purported comments reported by the media here, she said, "That was a silly thing to say, in my view. And I know it had a reaction here that was unfortunate but then again, lots of people say silly things on both sides of the border...," Patterson said. "I know that people are concerned about that but...what Americans see is frankly the enormous potential (for improving relations between India and Pakistan)," she said.
Indian officials have denied that Kapoor ever made such a comment. The civilian and military leadership of Pakistan too has criticised the purported comments, which the media here claim was made at a "closed-door meeting".