EU warns of collapsing Pakistan, upbeat about India ties

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  1. 1.44

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    New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) Warning of the 'danger of the collapse of Pakistan' to the region, the European Union (EU) plans to expand cooperation with India in countering terrorism, with the EU's counter-terror coordinator expected in New Delhi soon.
    'Terrorism is a matter of great concern. We want more cooperation with India in countering terrorism,' Swedish Ambassador to India Lars-Olof Lindgren told IANS in an interview Wednesday, the day Stockholm took over the six-month rotating presidency of the 27-member EU.
    'Our cooperation with India in countering terrorism is stronger than before. We plan to cooperate at various levels,' the Swedish envoy said when asked about the EU's priorities for its forthcoming summit with India Nov 6 in New Delhi.
    The EU's counter-terrorism coordinator Gilles de Kerkove is set to visit India soon, the envoy said.
    The envoy, however, trod cautiously on the EU's aid to Pakistan amid reports that such financial assistance, like the one given by the US, had been allegedly used by Islamabad in the past to fund anti-India terrorist activities.
    'A democratic and stable Pakistan is in the interests of all of us. It's a danger to the region if Pakistan is collapsing,' he replied when asked what India and the EU can do to stop terrorism emanating from Pakistan.
    'The only way out is to support capabilities of the government to control their own territory and not to allow it to host militant outfits,' he said when asked about Pakistan's tardy response in bringing the Mumbai attackers to justice.
    Last month, the EU held its first summit with Pakistan and offered $100 million aid, trade concessions and help in the area of counterterrorism. The EU had pledged 485 million euros for Pakistan over five years at an international donors' conference in April.
    Spelling out key priorities of the Swedish presidency of the EU, the Swedish envoy said the focus will be on forging a collective response to dealing with the global financial crisis, working for a coherent European position on a major climate deal at the conference in Copenhagen in December, promoting clean energy and enlargement of the EU.
    Conjuring up a robust picture of the burgeoning India-EU partnership, the envoy said negotiations on a broad-based trade and investment pact are set to get 'a major momentum' in days to come. Bilateral trade between India and EU is estimated to be over $50 billion. The two sides agreed to double bilateral trade in another five years at the last summit in Marseilles.
    'India is an important partner. There is a huge potential waiting to be tapped. Under the Swedish presidency, we hope the India-EU ties will scale new heights,' said the Swedish envoy.
    'We will continue to make EU better known in India not just as an economic bloc, but as a political force as well,' he stressed.
    --Ind-Asian News Service
    http://in.news.yahoo.com/43/20090701/812/tnl-eu-warns-of-collapsing-pakistan-upbe.html
     
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    How is the cooperation level stronger? Anyone has any idea? Any links? No? Oookay.
     
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    Isn't it a little early to think about a Pakistani collapse?
     
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    Well they need to add "nice" words which are music to Indian ears for this news to be interesting. Also they need a reason for this facade, like US.
     
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    Is a Pakistani collapse "music" to Indian ears? I would think the resulting chaos would mean more terror than ever seen... especially at India.
     
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    this should have been 2 different news stories:
    1)EU warning of Pakistan's collapse
    2)EU upbeat of India ties


    India ties do not come with a prerequisite for Pakistan's collapse.
     
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    Pakistan's not going to collapse anytime soon.Just so the EU comes to the attention for even greater bilateral trade.Just sweetening for India's ears.
     
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    That's a matter of speculation. However, what's guaranteed is that Pak's collapse would also be the end of Pak's state sponsored terrorism against India. So not a bad scenario after all.
     
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    Their state sponsered terrorism is rather limited. If there was no control at all do you think it would be less?
     
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    the terrorism may end but then we would have a worst refugee problem.
     
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    Less in Kashmir maybe, but other parts of India that have nothing to do with the Kashmir have also been recently attacked. The Mumbai case is still going on.
     
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    We would have a refugee problem only if there's a natural disaster or some other large scale destruction. A Taliban takeover doesn't mean that refugees will start pouring over. When the Taliban took over in Afghanistan, I didn't hear of any significant refugee flight into Pak.

    Besides, there's no obligation on us to accept the refugees. Egypt to this day does not allow the Palestinians to cross the border into its territory.
     
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    More like going nowhere.We can't expect any serious action from Pakistan
     
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    India does not have to accept refugees but there will be problems for Afghanistan
     
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    we accepted Refugees in 1971 Bangladesh Liberation.
     
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    Pakistan is going nowhere.
    Talibans is nothing.
    Once they controlled afghanistan look at them now.

    Its so funny when you guys talk about it and worry so much.
    Nothing to worry about. :)
     
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    If we hadn't, then how could we have harnessed the anger of the fleeing Bengalis against the Pak army into the Mukti Bahini? :wink:
     
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    You think LeT or organisations like it would just go away?
     
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    they won't go away but a good portion may kill each other of in a power grab.
     
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    With the Pak Army gone, it would be just a matter of time before the IA and IAF finish them off.
     

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