November 2004 News

US 'pressure' On Pak To Curb Infiltration

13 November 2004
The Statesman

Islamabad: A diplomatic roadmap has been drawn by the United States to bring down tensions between India and Pakistan talks of putting 'pressure' on Islamabad to prevent regrouping and infiltration of terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir and strengthen India's ability to effectively monitor the LoC, media reports here said. The roadmap titled 'Fiscal Year 2005 Plan for Regional Stability' outlined a US criterion for measuring performance goals to check cross-border infiltration which states that the 'number of arrests is a direct but crude measure of the Pakistani government's crackdown on terrorist groups,' the Dawn reported. The plan says the US government would also 'work to support India's ability to monitor the border' and to deepen military cooperation and ties and to strengthen rule of law and counter- narcotics capability of New Delhi. 'Overall frequency and level of dialogue, stringency of transportation controls, and implementation of CBMs best assess the state of bilateral relationship', it said. The plan also speaks about making efforts to conduct a poll in 2005 to determine the level of 'Kashmiri's satisfaction'. As per the plan, the US government's target for 2005 include pilot programming in Kashmir with tangible benefits by fostering 'cooperative and confidence building programmes in Kashmir in areas such as employment generation and civil society development and between India and Pakistan in areas such as people-to-people contacts and economic cooperation'. The US would also continue to strengthen Pakistan's counter-terror capability and its military cooperation.


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