`Pak policy centres around resisting India`s rise`

A US expert said Washington through all these years have supported Pakistan`s military and not democracy.

Last Updated: Nov 04, 2011, 15:16 PM IST

Washington: Pakistan`s policy towards India is no longer simply centred around Kashmir, but to prevent India`s rise as a global power, a noted US expert has told lawmakers.

"Pakistan`s interests vis-à-vis India no longer simply centres around Kashmir; it centres around resisting India`s rise," Christina Fair from the Georgetown University said.

Testifying before the Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Fair said Pakistanis took advantage of US assistance to massively build up their armed forces.

"So, in some sense, what the Pakistanis got from us was the ability to amplify the policies in the region that they had already wanted to pursue....What Pakistan sees in that is that we expect them to acquiesce to Indian hegemony,"
she said.

Fair told lawmakers that the United States through all these years have supported the Pak military and not democracy.

"Let`s be very clear about the F-16 canard. We didn`t give them the F-16s because we thought it would enhance their counter-terrorism or their counterinsurgency capabilities.”

"We did it to placate Musharraf. We did it to placate Kayani. And it hasn`t gotten us anywhere," she noted. "If the Pakistanis want helicopters, they can buy helicopters. So far, what they`ve wanted are weapons systems that can deal more effectively with India and have very little utility for their domestic threat," she said.

Fair said such things completely undermines US` regional interests "be it democratisation of Pakistan, be it regional stability vis-à-vis India and Pakistan”.

"Let me give you a really good example of their cold-hearted calculation that they can get away with this impunity. Lashkar-e-Toiba, the group we`ve already heard about that did the 2008 massacre, they`ve been attacking our troops in Afghanistan since at least 2006 and probably, according to my interlocutors, maybe as early as 2004. And we`ve done very well, if anything, about it, not even raising this publicly," she said.

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