India must cooperate with Pak in fighting terror: Aiyar

The problem of terrorism can be resolved only if India extends a hand of cooperation to Pakistan in fighting the menace that emanates from the neighbouring country, Rajya Sabha member Mani Shankar Aiyar said on Monday.

Last Updated: Nov 08, 2010, 19:17 PM IST

New Delhi: The problem of terrorism can be
resolved only if India extends a hand of cooperation to
Pakistan in fighting the menace that emanates from the
neighbouring country, Rajya Sabha member Mani Shankar Aiyar
said on Monday.

"There are too many Indians who think that it is for
America to pull our hands out of the fire. Not until India
extends the hand of cooperation to Pakistan in fighting
terrorism that emerges from its soil, can I see a resolution
of the problem," Aiyar said.

Downplaying the expectations associated with the ongoing
visit of US President Barack Obama and the "hysteria" of the
media over it, he said, "I have no expectations unless they
are undertaking any fundamental direction and I agree with the
Foreign Secretary that it would be unrealistic to expect any
big bang."

Stressing that Pakistanis are the easiest people to deal
with, Aiyar said, "Pakistanis are the people who we can
understand most easily and most quickly. I cannot believe that
a country like ours cannot come to an agreement with our own
people, except for the political divide that took place in
1947."

He said so long as New Delhi took an adversarial stand
vis-à-vis Pakistan on the question of terrorism, the
Pakistanis would continue to have vested interest in using
terrorism against India.

"Unless we are ready to recognise that the country and its
people who are most struck by terrorism are Pakistan and the
Pakistanis, we will not move forward," he said at a conference
on `The Global Crisis and Hegemonic Dilemmas` held here.

Aiyar ridiculed the expectations India is pinning on the
US with reference to Pakistan and said, "It is an unrealistic
expectation that the Americans on the ground of terrorism will
turn against a war-time ally in the time of war...it is
absurd."

PTI