- Mar 24, 2009
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/curb-terror-against-india-us-nsa-warns-pak/126736-3.html?from=tnNew Delhi: US National Security Advisor James L Jones has sent a tough message to Pakistan saying double standards on terrorism were not acceptable. Jones said Islamabad had to act right away to curb any form of terrorism against India and added that Pakistan cannot treat its home grown terror groups as different from those who act against India.
Jones, speaking exclusively to CNN-IBN Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, also promised India more access to Mumbai terror attack accused David Coleman Headley, who is currently in the custody of US authorities in Chicago.
Rajdeep Sardesai: What we have gathered from the confessions of David Coleman Headley has suggested that Pakistani state actors were involved in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Have these concerns been registered by Washington with Islamabad because India has registered them. But has Washington also registered those concerns with Islamabad?
James Jones: First of all Headley interview with India are a manifestation of the growing good state of relationship between our two countries We have to have more co-operation on intelligence matters so that we can be successful in defeating terror where ever it presents itself. In our bilateral relationship with Pakistan, we have expressed our strong concerns over the existence within the borders of Pakistan of terrorist organisation that goals to destabilize and attack our way of life, your way of life, to prevent our strategic goals from being achieved in Afghanistan. This is in violent conflict with how we see the world collectively and bilaterally in the 21st century. Pakistan must recognise that it is a contrary to their own interests for the future in the stability of the region to continue to tolerate the existence of insurgents within their borders. So, the first means of correcting that and as a first means of showing that Pakistan wants the same thing that we want they have to make a tough decision to go after these terrorist organisations. Moreover, they need to state concretely and publicly that this is a matter of policy and this cannot be tolerated.
Rajdeep Sardesai: India has made Hafeez Saeed, the Lashkar chief - the one of the most wanted as a test case; for Pakistan's ability to act on terror. Headley specially named Saeed as the mastermind behind the 26/11 attacks. He is roaming freely in Pakistan and he is making anti-India speeches. Would that be a test case also in a sense when we say Pakistan should also act against terror and stop making it an instrument of state policy in any form, must address India's concern. Would that be a test case to you that if Pakistan wants to act against someone like Saeed? Would that reassure Washington that Pakistan is serious. Would you like to see Pakistan do that?
James Jones: Yes. We want to see a more comprehensive programme that addresses all aspects of terrorism. Because all of these groups that we are finding out are linked. They are not necessarily targeted one nation or the other. They are terrorist organisations that have in mind to disrupt India, to disrupt our way of life and they are actively planning to do that.
Rajdeep Sardesai: It has been seen in the past that the US hasn't been tough enough on Pakistan, on groups operating against Indian in Kashmir as it has been on groups who operate against American interests?
James Jones: We don't subscribe to the idea that a la carte terrorism is a viable strategy. The terrorist organisation are anathema to the future peace and prosperity whether it is in this region, whether it is our country, whether it is Europe, whether it is Middle East or in other parts of the world.
Rajdeep Sardesai: If India wanted more access to David Headley would the United States as part of this effort of joint cooperation on terror be willing to do that.
James Jones: I think the state of our bilateral relationship is such a good quality. That we would cooperate with anything that India needs to better understand the threat that it faces.
The Obama admin is really confused and sending confusing signals. What it says it does not do and what it does is not told. I really dont know what to make of this from the US NSA. Plain dummy words or does he intend to advice Obama on how to go about curbing Pakistani terror against India.