Obama’s visit: Pakistan hopes US will raise issue of LoC violations

Sartaj Aziz says leveraging US influence in India can help reduce tensions.

Our Correspondent January 25, 2015
Aziz told reporters that during his recent visit to Islamabad, US Secretary of State John Kerry was apprised of Pakistan’s reservations on various issues including Indian aggression along the LoC. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: As Indian pageantry welcomed the US president on his second visit to New Delhi, Pakistan expressed hope that President Barrack Obama’s visit would help reduce tension in South Asia.

These sentiments were expressed by Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, when he told journalists on Sunday that the ‘cherished goal of progress and prosperity in the region cannot be achieved without good relations between Pakistan and India.’

Obama, who was given an unprecedented welcome in New Delhi, is the first US president to visit India twice. His engagements during the three day visit are being watched closely in Islamabad, with officials hoping that the American President would raise the issue of unprovoked firing by Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary.

They also expect the US leader to persuade Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resume the stalled peace process with neighboring Pakistan. Islamabad has blamed New Delhi for the ceasefire violations along the LoC and working boundary in a bid to distract its security forces from the ongoing fight against terrorism.

A constant blame game and trust-deficit has prevented the two nuclear neighbors from normalizing bilateral ties despite a promising start last year when Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attended the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi.

Aziz told reporters that during his recent visit to Islamabad, US Secretary of State John Kerry was apprised of Pakistan’s reservations on various issues including Indian aggression along the LoC.

During a joint news conference in New Delhi, Indian Prime Minister indirectly referred to Pakistan when he said ‘every country has a responsibility to fight terrorist without any discrimination.’

However, the US President avoided making any direct or indirect reference to Pakistan during the news conference.

This suggests that while the US is keen to improve ties with India, it is equally aware of the importance of Pakistan in the region, commented a government official, who asked to remain anonymous.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 26th, 2015.


LoseLose_Pummy | 8 years ago | Reply

@all Indian commentators: you, Sirs, are unaware of the 'real' reality. But some Pakistani readers are far more astute in reading the dots and connecting the tea-leaves (really, I mean it!).

Some of them kindly made the sensational disclosure that the real reason for Kerry and Ban Ki Moon visiting India near-simultaneously was to pummel the unrepentant Indian PM 'from both sides' (their terminology, not mine) to stop the LoC firing and start listening to Sir Taj Aziz like a good boy. Obviously then, if you connect the tea-leaves further, Obama is here to pummel Moody further if required.

Not convinced? OK, I'll give you another inside ki story - You remember the US spokesman said Obama not visiting Pakistan is good for all three countries? Now why did he say that? Confused? Arrey, that's because Modi is the one that has to be pummeled, and no one in Pakistan needs any pummeling, so Obama visiting India is good for Pakistan and Obama visiting Pakistan is bad for Pakistan.

Now I know what you'll ask - why did spokesman say Obama not visiting Pakistan is good for India? Actually, not visiting Pakistan is bad for India in the short-term as all the pummel supply will be dumped on Moody, but in the long-term this is good for India since Pakistan will not have to do the pummeling and that will keep India's fragile self-respect intact.


R Vishnu | 8 years ago | Reply

Re: “However, the US President avoided making any direct or indirect reference to Pakistan during the news conference.” ++++++++++++ The Pakistan Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz seems to have missed the U.S.-India Joint Statement of the same day which said:

“41. The Leaders reaffirmed the need for joint and concerted efforts to disrupt entities such as Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, D Company and the Haqqani Network, and agreed to continue ongoing efforts through the Homeland Security Dialogue as well as the next round of the U.S.-India Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism in late 2015 to develop actionable elements of bilateral engagement. The two sides noted the recent U.S. sanctions against three D Company affiliates. The President and the Prime Minister further agreed to continue to work toward an agreement to share information on known and suspected terrorists. They also agreed to enter discussions to deepen collaboration on UN terrorist designations, and reiterated their call for Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of the November 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai to justice.”

Refer here:


Mr. Aziz has also missed what US President Barack Obama had to say to India Today’s Shekhar Gupta in an interview datelined Jan 22, 2015. That comment which was pretty explicit about Pakistan’s fomenting of Islamic Terrorism, should require no further direct or indirect amplification for quite some time. The comment by US President Barack Obama follows:

“I've made it clear that even as the United States works with Pakistan to meet the threat of terrorism, safe havens within Pakistan are not acceptable and that those behind the Mumbai terrorist attack must face justice.”

Refer here: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/barack-obama-shekhar-gupta-exclusive-interview/1/414805.html

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