Post London Pakistan-American Strategic symbiosis leaves Delhi in the cold


Post London Pakistan-American Strategic symbiosis leaves Delhi in the cold

There is a new dynamic developing in South Asia. The old “build-Bharat-up-as-a counterweight-to China” has been dumped in favor of a building dialogue, discussion and cooperation with China. Gen. Petraeus accepts Pakistan’s strategic depth in Afghanistan. The biggest strategic Indo-US project is the 123 Nuclear deal. However the nuclear cooperation is in cold storage and President Obama has not operationalized it. This new Islamabad-Washington cooperation has manifested itself in Delhi being disinvited from the regional conference in Turkey, and Delhi being given what the Times of India calls a 2nd row seat in the London conference on Afghanistan. Shocked by the snub from the US, Russia, China, and the UK in London–Delhi was even more chagrined when the US announced the “gift” of half a dozen frigates, choppers, laser bombs and other arms to Pakistan. India jittery about US arms for Pakistan. To put salt on the wounds, the US has announced a larger aid package to Pakistan in 2010. This on top of the EU proposal to pay Pakistan war reparations to the tune of $45 billion. War Reparations: Pakistan asks for $45 billion from EU

The US is being coaxed to expedite the ROZ, a FTA, and free access to US markets. Washington is also assisting Pakistan in electrical and energy projects.

These events and the huge failure of Delhi’s foreign policy in Afghanistan brought Delhi back to the peace talks. However the peace talks are just a ruse to let the world know that Bharat wants to talk. The so called peace talks are “talks for the sake of talks”–a way to delay and dilly dally. Delhi thinks that by procrastinating the problems will go away. Neither Kashmir, nor Hyderabad, nor Junagarh, and Manvadar have gone away. They fester as a wound. Desperate for an angle into Afghanistan, Mr. Manmohan Singh went to Riyadh–and came back empty handed. What did India get in Riyadh? It is obvious that Delhi’s Mumbai card has run out of steam. After the fiasco of Mumbai– Mumbai 2 (Pune) was not even tried.

This is what Kanwal Sibal says in the Hindustan Times.

Western overtures to the Taliban constitute a significant diplomatic success for Pakistan. Its grit in resisting US pressure to act against the Afghan Taliban has been rewarded. With US Central Command Chief, General David Petraeus, now averse to Pakistan stirring up any more ‘hornets nests’ in the border areas, a self-confident Pakistani Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is offering to mediate between the US-Nato and the Taliban. His only condition being that Pakistan’s need for a soft strategic depth in Afghanistan is recognised as an insurance against the Indian threat and limits are put on India’s presence in Afghanistan. Kayani’s stature in Pakistan has risen and Pakistan’s attitude towards India has hardened, as was evident during the recent foreign secretary-level talks in New Delhi last week.

India would need to rethink its options in Afghanistan. We cannot count on President Karzai as before. Our local popularity is a fragile base for retaining our long-term influence, unless we can affect power equations within the country. Anti-Taliban forces in Afghanistan need stronger backing by Russia, the Central Asian countries, Iran and India. The US is disregarding India’s long-term strategic interests in the region; it is yielding to Pakistan’s disruptive ambitions in Afghanistan.

This is what Zaafir says in the News

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the United States have agreed to hold their most important strategic dialogue of the recent years with the elevated echelon in the last week of this month in Washington.

Diplomatic sources told The News here on Sunday that the talks were taking place for the first time after the initiation of the new policy of the Obama administration for the region. The failure of India in its quest for a role in the region has turned the interaction into a conspicuously important event.

Both the countries will avail the opportunity to discuss the recent developments taken place in the South Asian region, including so-called war on terror and clueless talks between foreign secretaries of Pakistan and India, surge in military operation in Afghanistan.

The successes the Pakistan Army have achieved in recent months against terrorists would also figure in the dialogue, while the causes prevailing in persisting instability inside Pakistan would be highlighted during the two-day talks.

The diplomatic sources said the Foreign office and other relevant ministries are engaged for submitting their input for the dialogue. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will lead Pakistan’s delegation for the fourth round of the talks that could not take place last year while the US team would be led by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She will be assisted by James B Steinberg, the deputy secretary of state.

Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and Additional Secretary Attiya Mahmood will assist their foreign minister in the course of dialogue. The last round of the talks took place in September 2008 where Pakistan was represented by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and former deputy secretary John Negroponte led the US delegation. The two countries reaffirmed their commitments to a wide-ranging, substantive, and long-term strategic partnership in the previous dialogue, which is based on shared values and a common effort to promote enduring peace, security, stability, freedom, and prosperity of Pakistan and of the region as per given by the two sides.

The sources also stressed the need for fast-tracking the dialogue on the energy sector to overcome the power shortage in Pakistan, adding the projects identified in the US strategy for regional stabilisation should be implemented on a priority basis. The ‘Operation Mushtarik’ the US-led forces have already unleashed in Afghanistan would also be discussed in th, meeting of the two foreign ministers. Dr Aafia Siddique case and Drone attacks will also come up for discussion in the meeting. It is ‘believed’ that visiting foreign minister would convey his country’s ‘concern’ on two issues. Pakistan, US to hold vital strategic talks by March-end Monday, March 08, 2010 By Muhammad Saleh Zaafir

Muhammad Saleh Zaafir has written a prodigious article in the News and Kanwal Sibal has mirrored those same thoughts from an Indian perspective. Both articles portray a sense of dismay and disappointment in Delhi–and a sense of appointment and energy in Islamabad

  • Western overtures to the Taliban constitute a significant diplomatic success for Pakistan. Its grit in resisting US pressure to act against the Afghan Taliban has been rewarded. With US Central Command Chief, General David Petraeus, now averse to Pakistan stirring up any more ‘hornets nests’ in the border areas
  • This outreach to the Taliban imperils India’s interests in Afghanistan.
  • India has also to be wary of Karzai’s search for a Saudi role in the reconciliation process. Given their close nexus, Saudi intervention suits Pakistan.
  • India would need to rethink its options in Afghanistan. We cannot count on President Karzai as before.
  • Is the US failing a critical test of its ‘strategic partnership’ with India?
  • Anti-Taliban forces in Afghanistan need stronger backing by Russia, the Central Asian countries, Iran and India.
  • The US is disregarding India’s long-term strategic interests in the region; it is yielding to Pakistan’s disruptive ambitions in Afghanistan.
  • The US has been expressing its determination to continue efforts to promote Reconstruction Opportunity Zones (ROZ) legislation, currently pending in the Congress. The United States has also reaffirmed its commitment to address Pakistan’s growing energy needs by expanding technical assistance and promoting investment in Pakistan’s energy sector. Cooperation in education and science and technology will also be reviewed, and both will hold Energy and Education Dialogues.

    The delegations will also discuss agricultural cooperation that would help Pakistan strengthen its agricultural sector and enhance its food security in the light of earlier commitment on the highest level.

    The sources said the two sides committed to work together to realise their long-term vision of the Pakistan-US Strategic Partnership. The sources have indicated that the scheduled dialogue would lay foundation of new partnership between Pakistan and the US in various fields. The dialogue would be having an added significance sine they are taking place just two week ahead of an important meeting between Prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s maiden meeting in Washington in the second week of the next month. Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh will also be having meeting with his counterpart from Pakistan on same occasion, the sources added. Pakistan, US to hold vital strategic talks by March-end Monday, March 08, 2010 By Muhammad Saleh Zaafir

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    1. March 9, 2010 at 3:18 am

      Can you kindly add the following as sister sites

      http://www.pakhistorian.com
      http://www.pakistanpatriot.com
      http://wwww.pakistanledger.com

      Editor Rupee News

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