`Pak addicted to using militants against India`

A top Pentagon official has said the US has virtually given up in its effort to change mindset of Pakistan with regard to India.

Updated: Mar 29, 2012, 09:40 AM IST

Washington: Pakistan has an "addiction" of "playing around" with militant groups against India, a top Pentagon official has said.

"They have an addiction to playing around with militia groups to achieve certain interests, particularly vis-à-vis India. That gets them in all kinds of trouble," Michael Sheehan, Assistant Secretary of Defence for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, told lawmakers at a Congressional hearing.

Responding to questions, Sheehan said the US has been having discussion with Pakistan in this regard, but without much success.

"We`ve had these conversations with them forever about that. I don`t see that changing. I don`t see any set of talking points that`s going to be delivered by some new diplomat that`s going to change their mind," Sheehan said, adding the US has virtually "given up" in its effort to change the mindset of Pakistan with regard to India.

"It`s the way they view the world. We have to understand the way they view the world and try to work through it. But it`s not going to be easy, but I think at the end of the day we have been successful in the FATA in degrading al Qaeda over the last 10 years despite all these problems.”

"And I think that we`re going to continue to work through it and hopefully again have another 10 years of success in degrading al Qaeda`s strategic capability in the FATA and elsewhere," Sheehan said.