US anti-terror tactics may not work: PM


Speaking to a select group of American strategic think tank at the prestigious Council for Foreign Relations here Monday, Singh was obviously alluding to a dichotomy in the Obama administration's approach to Pakistan’s involvement in terrorism in the South Asian region—confronting it over its involvement in Afghanistan while going soft on its role in acts of terrorism in India.
Just three days before the first anniversary of the 26/11 attacks in which the Pakistani hand is an established fact, acknowledged by the US as well, Singh was also candid about the Indo-Pak dialogue, which the US wants India to resume. “Pakistan must make a break from the past, abjure terrorism and come to the table with good faith and sincerity,” Singh asserted.

Singh also made no secret of India's misgivings about the Obama administration's Afghan policy, which apparently considers opening a channel of communication to Taliban to stabilise that country. In a country like Afghanistan, he said, democracy would take time to take roots in view of its history and tribal traditions. “It is therefore vitally important that all major regional and international players put their weight behind the government of Afghanistan,” Singh said. India will continue to remain engaged in Afghanistan.

Singh, who avoided any reference to the recent US-China joint statement that irked India, said the national interests of the two countries were converging not just within the bilateral framework but also on regional and global issues, providing the basis for a strong global strategic partnership.

He offered to work with the US on nuclear non-proliferation, climate change and economic recovery. India was committed to seeking national security through global nuclear disarmament, he said, offering to work with the US on a verifiable Fissile Material Cut-off treaty.

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