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CFR urges the Obama administration to persuade India to resume talks with Pakistan for reducing tensions in South Asia.—AFP/File
CFR urges the Obama administration to persuade India to resume talks with Pakistan for reducing tensions in South Asia.—AFP/File

WASHINGTON: Ahead of Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif’s visit, a top US think-tank urged the Obama administration on Friday to persuade India to resume talks with Pakistan for reducing tensions in South Asia.

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) also urged the US to keep its forces in Afghanistan till 2017 to redress India’s concerns.

“To reduce the chances of conflict that could delay or hinder India’s global rise, the United States should encourage India to improve its relationship with Pakistan—as an investment in its own rise—particularly, at least to start, through greater trade connectivity,” said a CFR report.

The report, prepared by the CFR task force of eminent American scholars, that the drawdown of US and other external forces in Afghanistan was fuelling India’s concerns about regional instability.

“The task force recommends that the United States extend its commitment to Afghanistan—even beyond President Obama’s decision to slow the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and retain a force of some 5,000 US troops in the country into 2017,” the report said.

The 90-page report claims that the current US policy towards Pakistan was one of the main hurdles in the development of a strong India-US relationship.

It asked the Obama Administration to end sale of any defence equipment to Pakistan if it does not “rein in terror”.

“The US should demand that Pakistan meet its obligations as a state to tackle terrorism emanating from its territory, in both India and Afghanistan,” the report said.

“If Pakistan is not willing to rein in terror, Washington should be prepared, at minimum, to end US taxpayer funding for defence equipment sales and reimbursement of coalition support funds,” it added.

Published in Dawn, November 14th, 2015


Comments (28) Closed



raj Nov 14, 2015 08:07am

This seems to be logical. Hope sanity prevails across the people on both sides of the border.

rudraiah rajasekhar Nov 14, 2015 09:13am

India is not a client state to US, it will do what is best for India and not to please USA.That is the meaning of a sovereign nation.

Mr T Nov 14, 2015 09:18am

USA have no future plans for Pakistan, they want peace talks between both nations , because they dont want want delay or hinder in Indias global rise, that is scary.

And end weapon sales to Pakistan, and to end what is left of USA's policy towards Pakistan, that means Pakistan can call back its ambasseder fra USA, as USA dont have any singel interest in any relation with Pakistan.

Bengaluru Nov 14, 2015 09:33am

Agree

Dos it make difference Nov 14, 2015 09:39am

Then to whom US will sell its arms. Do they really mean it?

121 Nov 14, 2015 10:02am

Talk only happens in dignified way for India and not under pressure.

INDIAN Nov 14, 2015 10:21am

@rudraiah rajasekhar true. USA still thinks they run hegemony in the world. Friendship with USA means deliberately petting a snake.

Sumit Chaudhary Nov 14, 2015 10:36am

And again, this must be the least probable headline for this story. I mean why not something like "US think tank advice Obama administration to cut down coalition support if Pakistan do not rein in terrorists", or "US think tank advice Obama to look into India's concern in Afghanistan". But anyway there must have been some reason for that, hope this visit pans out well.

Jamboree Nov 14, 2015 10:55am

Sheer nonsense.

GS Nov 14, 2015 11:08am

India can live with 7.5 % growth rate happily.

rashmee Nov 14, 2015 11:46am

The era of dictating terms to India is over.They can only request.period.

Himi Nov 14, 2015 11:58am

And why do we need this discussion drama....................better to forget each other. No ties, No firings, No nonsense

George Nov 14, 2015 01:11pm

@rudraiah rajasekhar Oh yeah! I didn't know that! Dah!

Sirjee Nov 14, 2015 01:38pm

@Himi exactly.. Waste of time and govt resources

True Blue Indian Nov 14, 2015 02:10pm

@George
Glad you know it now !

Harmony-1 Nov 14, 2015 02:12pm

@Rudraiah Rajasekhar - "meaning of a sovereign nation" is not to show such belligerence. What the US think-tank urged is what the civilised people should do to talk and ease tensions!!!

A shah Nov 14, 2015 02:56pm

How come India gets asked and we told?

rohit Nov 14, 2015 03:29pm

@Harmony-1 ... and offcourse Pakistan drops terrorism as state policy... There can be nothing more blatant than this report.

Zak Nov 14, 2015 03:40pm

The only issue is Kashmir and the UN plebiscite. As for the rest, it can wait till kashmir is resolved.

US needs to address Pakistans concern in relation to indian RAW activity via Afghanistan and from India.

As for stopping any defence equipment or funds to Pakistan, sure, since these reimbursements stop, we will have to stop all assistance to US and NATO in Afghanistan. I am sure, US can handle it on their own, like they did in Vietnam. Or perhaps India can help, same nation that backed SOviet union against US and still supports Putin. Good luck.

Feroz Nov 14, 2015 03:50pm

I do not see how the US can influence India when it is Pakistan which has received over $ 20 Billion in Aid since 2001, not India. Where is the leverage ?

timetostopthis Nov 14, 2015 03:57pm

US intentions very clear. Dont need to be a rocket scientist to understand where they are coming from.

rohit Nov 14, 2015 04:04pm

@Zak ... Also, for the plebiscite, the Pakistan occupied Kashmir(read Gb and AJK) needs to be merged with Kashmir for India to conduct the plebiscite.

Arslan Nov 14, 2015 04:37pm

CFR are the real foreign policy makers in USA. This group decides where and how to start wars.

Khanm Nov 14, 2015 05:08pm

That is all he can do. Just to urge... rest is between india n pakistan. Which will never happen cos we are out there to kill each other...

Taimoor khan Nov 14, 2015 06:11pm

“To reduce the chances of conflict that could delay or hinder India’s global rise, the United States should encourage India to improve its relationship with Pakistan—as an investment in its own rise—particularly, at least to start, through greater trade connectivity,” said a CFR report.

CFR is a highly notorious organisation with a lot of material available on internet about its activities and the nature and alligence of its members to the notorious secret socities. The above statement in the article should be the eye opener for all Pakistanis most of them are still in slumber not understanding the challenges Pakistan is facing. The propelling of India as regional power by so called western global elite has been in making since 90s and it sole purpose is to subjugate Pakistan as a vessel state of India in the region so either it will lose its statehood entirely or at least won't be able to assert itself in the matters concerning muslim world as sole Islamic nuke power.

Taimoor khan Nov 14, 2015 06:17pm

@Feroz you need to educate yourself. India after Israel is the biggest receiver of American aid. Pakistan is way down the list.

fahad Nov 14, 2015 09:38pm

What makes these CFR think that India is actually rising?

Their are many experts and authors who deny the notion that India is an "EMERGING POWER" or "GLOBALLY RISING".

Why is their so much media hype about India?

Manish singh Nov 15, 2015 12:44am

@Taimoor khan you need to check your facts. We do not get aids. We pay hard cash and BUY THEM. WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED.
We DONT BEG FOR ARMS, you do. So when US stops aids its Pakistan which is going to suffer, not us. BTW even Russians arent your friend because they want Money, they cant dole you out like US. Great that Modi is chosing buisness partners wisely. There is no friends. Only Israel is a true freind of Ours. America is a snake, and Russia a bear.