`US obsession with Pak adds to China’s influence’
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Last Updated: Monday, May 23, 2011, 14:32
  
Washington: Noting that Osama bin Laden episode only confirms that Islamabad as an ally in the War against terror cannot be trusted, a top BJP leader has said that the US obsession with Pakistan has allowed China to expand its area of influence while keeping its hands clean.

"It is important to remember that the US obsession with Pakistan has allowed China to expand its area of influence while keeping its hands clean," senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said in his remarks on US-India relationship here.

"The deep nexus which the Chinese military has been able to establish with the Pakistan armed forces is already strong enough to deny US its strategic space in Asia," Prasad said in his remarks at the event jointly organized by the US-India Security Forum and The Hudson Institute; both of which are Washington-based think-tanks.

"Pakistan will of course use the China card and will continue to insist on favors as it has done in the past," he said and warned that today there is real apprehension and indeed high probability of terrorist groups and their patrons within the armed forces establishment getting hold of radio-active or nuclear materials.

"This is a serious complex situation in South Asia and how we manage this will decide our common and individual future in the region and beyond," he said.

Wishing Pakistan well and saying that it has fine human resources, which need freedom and democracy to shine, Prasad said Washington needs to recognize that the Armed Forces cannot redeem Pakistan.

"The marriage of convenience between radical Islam and the military-industrial complex of Pakistan, where terrorism was used as an instrument of state policy, has created only instability. Our bilateral issues must be handled bilaterally.

India being a major emerging World Power has to look much beyond Pakistan," he said.

"Yet, if terrorism is a global challenge, it is time for us to introspect how productive your investment in the military establishment of Pakistan has been over the years.

10 years of Field Marshal Ayub Khan, 4 years of General Yahya Khan, 11 years of General Zia-ul-Huq and 9 years of General Musharraf. The role of the Generals occupies more than half of Pakistan's independent existence," he said.

Observing that certainly it is entirely for the US to decide who to engage with and how to go about it, Prasad stressed yet it is time this question is asked again.

"Why is it that in spite of so much investment your assets of yesterday are turning out to be the monsters of today?" he asked.

"Osama Bin Laden was sitting safely in the backyards of Pakistan's capital and the first thing Pakistan did was to hand over the remains of the US helicopter set on fire in Abbottabad for China to replicate. The Osama bin Laden episode only confirms that Pakistan as an ally in the War against terror cannot be trusted," Prasad said and asked how long will the terrorist groups and their camps be allowed to operate with impunity inside Pakistan?

PTI


First Published: Monday, May 23, 2011, 14:32


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