US hoping for positive shift in Indo-Pak relations

May 23rd, 2009 - 4:44 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban Washington, May 23 (ANI): The United States wants both India and Pakistan to break the ice in their relationship, as it considers that cordial relations between both the countries is the key to establish peace and stability in the sub-continent.

Addressing a regular press briefing here, White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs, while referring to the reports about India and Pakistan sharing intelligence inputs with each other, said the step marks a positive shift in the otherwise hostile relationship between the two neighboring countries.

“Obviously, we have seen reports recently of, without getting into any details, of intelligence sharing, which I think, denotes important cooperation that we think is needed on both sides in order to ensure peace and stability in the region,” The Nation quoted Gibbs, as saying.

The report about ‘intelligence sharing’ between India and Pakistan, to which Gibbs referred, was carried out by the Wall Street Journal recently.

According to the report, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) arranged for Pakistan and India to share information on Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the outlawed group accused of carrying out the Mumbai 26/11 attacks.

The arrangement would also see Islamabad sharing information about the top Taliban commanders who are leading the insurgency inside Pakistan.

Washington is hoping that when New Delhi sees the intelligence and evidence that Islamabad is seriously fighting against the militants, it will ease the deployment of troops against Pakistan, which would prompt Pakistan to focus more on its internal threat rather than India.

“We have to satisfy the Mumbai question, and show India that the threat is abating,” the newspaper quoted an official involved in developing US’ South Asia strategy, as saying.

“We’re not going to tell them everything we know and they’re not going to tell us everything they know. Nobody expects that to happen, but we’re talking about the attack. We weren’t doing that in December,” he added.

The Obama administration has expressed its concerns over LeT’s plans to carry out a second strike against India to ignite a war between the two neighboring countries.

Earlier, the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also expressed hope that Islamabad and New Delhi would resume their dialogue soon to reduce tension in the region. (ANI)

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