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Shyam Saran: US Must Tackle Pakistan's 'Long-Standing Policy of Using Cross-Border Terrorism'




Former Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran discusses U.S.-Pakistan relations and implications for India at Asia Society New York on May 11, 2011. (5 min., 20 sec.)

Former Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran discusses U.S.-Pakistan relations and implications for India at Asia Society New York on May 11, 2011. (5 min., 20 sec.)

India’s former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran says the Osama bin Laden raid in Pakistan has given the U.S. "a huge amount of leverage." Just how the U.S. plans on using its advantage over Pakistan in the short- vs. long-term will determine India’s role in the conflict, Saran said.

Speaking yesterday at Asia Society in New York, Saran said that Pakistan must have known of bin Laden’s whereabouts and now the U.S. must focus on a long-term vision for Pakistan:

"[The U.S.] must try and bring about a strategic calculus in Islamabad to really get Pakistan to abandon this long-standing policy of using cross-border terrorism, whether it is against India or whether it’s against United states forces in Afghanistan, as an instrument of state policy."

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