Pakistan's India obsession a mistake: Obama

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  1. SHASH2K2

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    LONDON: Pakistan's obsession with India that makes it look at its neighbour as an "existential threat" is a mistake and it would do well to shed this contest mentality, US President Barack Obama has said.

    Speaking to BBC on the eve of his visit to Britain, Obama said both he and British Prime Minister David Cameron understood that Pakistan has been "very obsessed" with India.

    He said the US wants Pakistan to realise that the biggest threat to it does not come from outside but is "homegrown".

    He said, "They see that as their existential threat. I think that's a mistake. I think that peace between India and Pakistan would serve Pakistan very well".

    He said Pakistan needs to shed its orientation of looking at every issue through the India lens to be able to make full economic progress.

    "It would free up resources and capacity for them to engage in trade and commerce, and make enormous strides that you're seeing India make. But that's their orientation".

    Obama further added that it's been that orientation for a long time. And so they look at issues like Afghanistan or the border region in the FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) through the lens of what does this mean for their contest with India.

    Obama said the US is currently trying to bring about a reorientation in Pakistan's attitude towards India and make it recognise that the main threat is from terrorists operating from Pakistan soil.

    He said, "Well, part of what we're trying to do is to talk to them about how they can reorient their strategy so that they understand that the biggest threat to Pakistan and its stability is homegrown. And that if we don't go after these networks that are willing to blow up police stations, blow up crowds of people assassinate Pakistani elected officials with impunity - if they don't get a handle on that then they're gonna see a significant destabilisation of the country".
     
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    That was a wise statement. I passively comply to the 'destabilisation' factor of Pakistan and its roots.
     
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    Pakistan’s India obsession a mistake: Obama - The Hindu: Mobile Edition
    Pakistan’s India obsession a
    mistake: Obama


    22 May 2011, PTI
    Pakistan’s obsession with India
    that makes it look at its
    neighbour as an“existential
    threat” is a mistake and it would
    do well to shed this contest
    mentality, U.S. President Barack
    Obama has said.
    Speaking to BBC on the eve of
    his visit to Britain, Mr. Obama
    said both he and British Prime
    Minister David Cameron
    understood that Pakistan had
    been“very obsessed” with India.
    He said the U.S. wants Pakistan
    to realise that the biggest threat
    to it does not come from outside
    but is“home-grown.”
    He said: “They see that as their
    existential threat. I think that’s a
    mistake. I think that peace
    between India and Pakistan
    would serve Pakistan very well.”
    He said Pakistan needs to do
    shed its orientation of looking at
    every issue through the India
    lens to be able to make full
    economic progress.
    “It would free up resources and
    capacity for them to engage in
    trade and commerce, and make
    enormous strides that you’re
    seeing India make. But that’s
    their orientation.”
    Mr. Obama added: “It’s been
    that orientation for a long time.
    And so they look at issues like
    Afghanistan. Or the border
    region in the FATA (Federally
    Administered Tribal Areas)
    through the lens of what does
    this mean for our contest with
    India.”
    Mr. Obama said the U.S. is
    currently trying to bring about a
    reorientation in Pakistan’s
    attitude towards India and make
    it recognise that the main threat
    is from terrorists operating from
    Pakistan soil.
    He said: “Well, part of what
    we’re trying to do is to talk to
    them about how they can
    reorient their strategy so that
    they understand that the biggest
    threat to Pakistan and its stability
    is home-grown.”
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