Former CIA Official Urges Early Solution Of Kashmir Dispute

Former CIA Official Urges Early Solution Of Kashmir Dispute

14 July 2010
The Daily Times
Iftikhar Gilani

New Delhi: Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official Robert Grenier on Wednesday called for an early solution to the Kashmir dispute for promoting greater regional stability. 'Without a settlement of the Kashmir dispute, the Indo-Pak proxy battle which greatly complicates the prospects for a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan is unlikely to abate,' the former CIA chief of station in Islamabad said. Grenier, writing for the al Jazeerah news network, believed that without solving the Kashmir dispute, it would be difficult to isolate the terrorists who pose an existential threat to Pakistan. He was of the view that such terrorists could effectively undermine a nuclear-armed state and provoke a nuclear face-off between Islamabad and New Delhi. The former CIA official urged the US to use India's desire for attaining 'greater power' in the South Asian region, as a diplomatic toll to encourage the settlement of the Kashmir dispute. He said the recent violence in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK), which killed 15 civilians, had highlighted the 'centrality of Kashmir and the Kashmiris' in the longstanding dispute. Urging the US to intervene for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute, Grenier observed that both India and Pakistan were not capable of solving the issue on their own. 'Rather than using the Indians' desire for greater power status as an effective diplomatic tool to encourage steps leading to a settlement of Kashmir, the US policy is working assiduously to sabotage the process,' he complained. The former CIA official said that the US was undermining its own interests by encouraging India to follow the American model of dealing with terrorism solely as an illegitimate political tool without addressing the root causes of the menace.


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