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Stop using insurgents as tools: US to Pak
WASHINGTON, NOV 30 (Agencies):
Published on 30 Nov. 2009 11:50 PM IST
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In an uncompromising tone, the US has warned Pakistan not to use insurgents as strategic tool and asked Islamabad to bring 26/11 suspects to justice. The United States has asked it to shed its policy of “using insurgents” like LeT as a strategic tool and warned that if it cannot deliver against terrorists, the US may be impelled to use “any means” at its disposal. The message, which has been conveyed in a letter from US President Barack Obama to his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari, also includes an offer by him to try to “reduce tensions” between India and Pakistan, media reported here. Meanwhile, US Ambassador to India Timothy Roemer has announced that New Delhi and Washington are together to defeat not just regional terrorism but also the global one. The duo held extensive talks on issues such as defeating terrorism, conviction of the suspects of Mumbai terror attacks, Pakistan, and destruction of safe heaven ‘wherever they are world’, he said. Roemer’s statement came after it was revealed that US National Security Adviser General (retd) James Jones hand-delivered a two-page letter from US President Barack Obama to his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari. The letter also offers Pakistan enhancement of strategic partnership if they act as wished by the US, besides additional military and economic aid. Obama has also warned Pakistan that its use of insurgent groups for policy goals “cannot continue” and called for closer collaboration against all extremist groups. He named five such groups – al Qaeda, the Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Tehrik-e-Taliban. Jones did some straight-talking with the top Pakistani leadership, the daily said. “If Pakistan cannot deliver, he warned, the US may be impelled to use any means at its disposal to rout insurgents based along Pakistan’s western and southern borders with Afghanistan.” The Post said US officials have long referred to Pakistani military and intelligence officers who are sympathetic to or actively support insurgent groups fighting in Afghanistan as “rogue elements”. More recently, they have described those relationships as more direct and institutional within a divided military. “For the things that we care about,” a US official was quoted as saying, “the real decision-maker is the military. “It has long been hedging its bets in Afghanistan; the military has positioned itself to prevent inroads by India in the event of a US withdrawal, and against a 30-year history of being used and then rejected by shifting US policy aims,” it said.

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