September 2016 News
Uri Attack: US Comes Hard On Pakistan Again But Is It Just Another One On Islamabad's Deaf Ears?20 September 2016
New Delhi: The US on Tuesday issued a 'stern' warning to Pakistan in the wake of the Uri attack on Sunday which took the lives of 18 Indian Army soldiers. US Secretary of State John Kerry in his meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reiterated the need for the country to prevent all terrorists from using Pakistan as a safe haven. He met the Pakistani PM on the sidelines of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly. Sharif raised the issue of alleged human rights violations in Kashmir and sought the US' help. However, CNN-News18 reported that the US, UK and France have rejected Pakistan's claims. US support to India and acknowledging it as a major defense partner seems devoid of any practical sincerity. Taking past attacks on the Indian soil as evidence, the US' support to India and warning to Pakistan seem mere words with no chance of ever getting fructified. US stand and cooperation has been consistent since 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai. Be it former president George Bush or President Barack Obama, the statements on US stance on India and Pakistan have barely changed. 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai: The then US president George Bush told the then Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh that American agencies will throw their weight behind India's investigation into the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. He also said that US will demonstrate a 'shared commitment' to combat terrorism and that his country will work with the international community to book the perpetrators. PTI quoted the then White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe as saying, 'President Bush told the prime minister that he has directed the state and defence departments along with other federal agencies to devote the necessary resources and personnel to this situation.' The US had also told Pakistan to help in the investigation of the attack in 'the most committed and firmest possible way'. The Telegraph reported that the then President-elect Barack Obama's spokeswoman on national security said that he strongly condemned the attacks. 'The United States must continue to strengthen our partnerships with India and nations around the world to root out and destroy terrorist networks,' said Obama. US now wants accountability from Pakistan. We've been very clear that we want to see accountability and justice in the case of the Mumbai attacks, and as you noted, there were American citizens who lost their lives in that - those terrible attacks,' US State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner had said. 2013 attack in Srinagar: The Dailymail reported that just two days before Singh was scheduled to arrive in Kashmir, militants attacked an army convoy in Srinagar. Eight soldiers were killed and 11 others injured. However, US did not come out to support India or denounce Pakistan. It remained largely silent on the Srinagar attack. Pathankot attack: Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said that the US' commitment to bring 2008 Mumbai attackers to justice now extends to Pathankot attack as well. While asking Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice, the US also handed proof confirming that the strike emanated from Pakistan, reported The Times Of India. Kerry while in New Delhi reiterated US' continued support to bring the perpetrators of Mumbai and the Pathankot attacks to justice. During a joint press meet with External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, he said 'I have talked to the Pakistan Prime Minister and General Raheel Sharif for the need for Pakistan to deprive any group (terrorist) of sanctuary.' US warnings to Pakistan after major terror attacks in India have perhaps become routine but a largely remain on papers or are picked up by media to snowball into a major positive move in India's favour. However, history is proof that this commitment and support may never materialise.