Washington: Pakistan, which has at every
possible international forum raised its concerns over India`s role in Afghanistan, had repeatedly rebuffed the offer of a briefing by New Delhi about its activities in Afghanistan,
says a US cable released by WikiLeaks.
India`s unilateral offer was again relayed by the then
Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon in his meeting with the
Special US Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan
Richard Holbrooke on February 16, 2009 in New Delhi, wherein
the latter praised India`s developmental role in Afghanistan.
"Menon acknowledged Pakistani suspicions about India`s
intentions in Afghanistan and explained that India has made
numerous efforts over the past few years to try to allay
Pakistan`s concerns, only to be rebuffed," said the cable
signed off by the then US Ambassador to India, David Mulford.
"Menon said that he, as (the Indian) High
Commissioner (to Pakistan), had offered to (the Pakistani)
President (Pervez) Musharraf to sit down and explain exactly
what India was doing in Afghanistan, without even asking for a
reciprocal explanation from Pakistan, but that Pakistan
officials -- not just Musharraf -- have avoided it in every
way," the cable said.
The two diplomats also discussed India`s role in
Afghanistan, which was then headed for elections.
"India has no interest in any specific candidate in
Afghan elections, Menon stated, but believes the upcoming
election process should not add to instability. Equally
important is that the election process is credible, therefore
making Afghanistan`s democracy credible," the cable said.
"Menon noted that Afghan Lower House Speaker Mohammad
Yunis Qanuni was currently in Delhi, and said India supported
the Election Commission`s proposal for the August 20 polling".
Menon stated that the GOI was also planning to tell
Qanuni that controversy over the exact date of the election
should not be allowed "to bring the house down," adding that
to do so would only be in the Taliban`s interest.
"Holbrooke urged Menon to tell Qanuni to accept the
August 20 election date," the cable said.