Indian troops no threat to Pak, PM told Clinton
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reportedly asked US secretary of state Hillary Clinton to convince Pakistan to withdraw its troops from the Line of Control as Indian forces were "far from the border and were no threat to Pakistan". Jayanth Jacob reports. 'Mamata drama queen' | 'Cong opened a can of worms by conceding on Telangana' | Wiki amok is still worth a readdelhi Updated: Sep 04, 2011 11:27 IST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reportedly asked US secretary of state Hillary Clinton to convince Pakistan to withdraw its troops from the Line of Control as Indian forces were "far from the border and were no threat to Pakistan".
A US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks on a meeting between Singh and Clinton on November 24 last in Washington said Singh acknowledged that India's troop positions might have caused concern in the past, but the situation had changed vastly since the 1999 Kargil war.
The information, however, could not be confirmed as the government of India has the policy of not responding to WikiLeaks revelations.Singh reportedly told the US secretary of state that he wanted the US to use its "enormous influence" to put pressure on Pakistan to take action against the Mumbai attackers, as India felt world pressure on Islamabad had started thinning out.
The prime minister told Clinton that known terrorists, such as Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed, were allowed to "roam freely" in Pakistan, while China was holding up the UN sanctions declaration regarding Saeed and Masood Azhar.
The cable said the prime minister was also keen on re-establishing back-channel communications if Pakistan gave up "using terror as an instrument of state policy".
Clinton, however, promoted US defence sales and sought India's support for an International Atomic Energy Agency board of governors resolution on Iran's nuclear programme. She also prodded Singh to remove India's caps on foreign direct investments.