India concerned over CENTCOM opting for two Pakistani 'consultants'

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Washington, Nov.9 : The Indian Government has reportedly expressed concern over US Central Command (CENTCOM) chief General David Petraeus seeking advise from two Pakistani security consultants - Ahmed Rashid and Shuja Nawaz.

According to the Daily Times, Rashid is an acknowledged authority on the Taliban and Afghanistan,while Shuja Nawaz is the author of a book on the Pakistan Army.

Both have been named 'consultants' at the classified review starting in Florida this weekend. The aim is to review the war plans in Afghanistan and Iraq as the Barack Obama administration considers the wisdom of a troop surge in Afghanistan.

India's concern stems from the possibility that Rashid's latest recommendation of the 'grand bargain' to solve Afghanistan's mammoth problems of security and terrorism may have found fertile ground in the Obama set.

New Delhi has also reportedly taken exception to a recommendation made by Rashid and Barnett Rubin in a recent article in the Foreign Affairs quarterly that Pakistan would be persuaded to stop supporting terrorism if India can be persuaded to solve Kashmir. Both have argued that Kashmir is the bigger strategic threat to Pakistan than terrorists on their soil.

The two Afghanistan experts have also suggested in the article that Pakistan should not be 'pressured', because its security establishment believes that it is threatened by a US-India-Afghan alliance to dismember Pakistan.

Pakistan's military command continues to believe the two-nation theory and wants Kashmir to be incorporated into the South Asian homeland for Muslims.

Pakistan also continues to believe that the Indian threat is superior to stabilising Afghanistan.

According to the article, the rest of the world should be involved in a single exercise - to "reassure Pakistan" that it is under no threat. And the best way to do that would be to "resolve Kashmir". Only then will Pakistan lift its umbrella of support of terrorists and terrorism.

In short, Pakistan should be rewarded for its support to terrorism.

ANI

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