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US Senator asks Clinton to broker peace between India, Pak

world Updated: Sep 18, 2009 12:29 IST

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An influential US Senator has asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to broker peace between India and Pakistan, which according to him is crucial for the stability in the region and important for Islamabad to fully focus on the war on terrorism.

"If the current tensions and hostilities between India and Pakistan could be eliminated or reduced, Pakistan might be persuaded to increase its military forces to aid us in the fight against the Taliban," Senator Arlen Spector said in a letter to Clinton on September 9.

"I urge you and your Department to undertake an initiative to broker a peace treaty between India and Pakistan if you are not already doing so," Spector said in his letter, a copy of which was released on Friday.

Spector, who at present is the fifth oldest member of the US Senate, was elected to the Senate in 1980 as a Republican from Pennsylvania.

Senator Spector, who on April 28 this year announced his decision to join the ruling Democratic party, sought the views of Clinton on repeated Pakistani claim that India is a threat to it.

"I am also interested in your view as to whether India poses a realistic threat to Pakistan which warrants devoting military force to that potential threat, which diverts a military contribution which could aid the US in our fight against the Taliban," he asked.