New York: Lauding the Indian leadership`s
willingness to engage Pakistan despite its failure to bring perpetrators of the 26/11 attacks to justice, a leading US daily has said that the Pakistani Army`s use of militants to
counter Indian influence in Kashmir is "self-destructive."
In the editorial titled `India and Pakistan, Talking:
Even modest progress is to be celebrated and urged forward,`
the New York Times said that homegrown extremism and not India
is the real threat to Pakistan`s survival.
"Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India deserves huge
credit for staying engaged despite Pakistan`s failure to
prosecute those responsible for the 2008 horrors. And he
deserves credit for not shooting first and asking questions
later after the recent attacks. We wish we could say the same
of Pakistan`s leaders," the editorial said.
Pakistani army`s focus on countering India`s influence in Kashmir and Afghanistan is self-destructive for the country, it said.
"Before there can be a true reconciliation, and
stability in the region, Pakistan`s Army must realise that
using militants to try to counter Indian influence in Kashmir
and Afghanistan is self-destructive ? and that homegrown
extremism, not India, is the real threat to Pakistan`s
Describing the relationship between the two
neighbours as "combustible", the editorial said "it is
progress just to get the two sides in a room," in a reference
to the recently concluded talks between the foreign ministers
of the two countries.
"Last week`s meeting was better. Their foreign
ministers announced modest, but very welcome, agreements
Small steps like increasing cross-border trade and
expediting travel permits for those wanting to cross the
border could help chip away at the "visceral mistrust" between
the two countries that have fought three wars since their
independence in 1947, it said.
"India and Pakistan have more to talk about, including
cooperation on water, expanded trade and their joint stake in
a stable Afghanistan. President Obama`s drawdown of American
troops will go easier if India and Pakistan are part of the
solution, not fighting over the spoils," the Times said.
"New Delhi insists that it will accept no outside
mediation. Washington needs to keep pressing the two to work
The United States and its allies are planning a
conference in Bonn in December where they hope to rally
international support for a broad regional strategy that
includes a peace deal for Afghanistan, trade agreements and
ambitious energy projects.
"India and Pakistan need to be full participants. The
payoff could be huge if their leaders muster the courage to
resolve their differences," it added.