`US obsession with Pak adds to China’s influence’
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
"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?
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