`Pak warned against attacking India`

The US has warned Pakistani leaders of dangerous consequences if there is another terror attack on India that originates from Pak, ex-top adviser to Prez Barack Obama has said.

Last Updated: Dec 01, 2011, 11:39 AM IST

Washington: The US has warned Pakistani
leaders of dangerous consequences if there is another terror
attack on India that originates from Pakistan, a former top
adviser to President Barack Obama has said, asking Islamabad
to give up the policy of supporting extremist elements.

Gen (retd) James Jones, who was the National Security
Adviser to President Barack Obama from January 2009 to October
2010, said the message that they should give up the policy of
supporting terrorist and extremist elements has been conveyed
to Pakistani leaders several times by top US officials.

Jones stated this on the Charlie Rose show on the PBS
news network in response to a question.

"I`ve said this in exactly those words, and I think my
former colleagues at the NSC (National Security Council) and
at the State Department have done the same thing -- is that
you really don`t understand, or we don`t understand why you
don`t understand that you`re playing Russian roulette here
with your future because if there is another attack
originating from Pakistan in India, you know, Prime Minister
Singh isn`t going to be able to (hold back)...," he said.

Russian roulette is a potentially lethal game of chance
in which participants place a single round in a revolver, spin
the cylinder, place the muzzle against their head and pull the
trigger.

"Russian" refers to the supposed country of origin, and
roulette to the element of risk-taking and the spinning of the
revolver`s cylinder being reminiscent of spinning a roulette
wheel.

Jones praised Singh for maintaining calm and patience in
the aftermath of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

"Essentially what is being asked is that Pakistan
renounce terror as an instrument of its foreign policy.

"In other words, accepting the location of terrorist
organisations, safe havens whether they`re directed towards
Afghanistan or India is anathema to peace and progress,
especially when you have a visionary leader like Prime
Minister Singh who has taken huge political risk in not
responding to Mumbai," Jones said.

The former NSA said that there are world leaders who are
willing to help Pakistan if it gives up its policy of
supporting extremist elements.

"There is a network of leaders that were willing to do a
lot of things that would have helped Pakistan in its serious
economic problems... and revamping the society from ground up"
and in return Pakistan is being asked to renounce terror as an
instrument of its foreign policy, he said.

PTI