Now, time for US to ask Pak to lay off from Kashmir: Expert


"Equally important, the US should rubbish any notion that Pakistan has a positive role to play in ameliorating the suffering of Kashmiris, due to the decades of terrorism it has sponsored in Kashmir and beyond.

"The United States should instead focus its energies on persuading New Delhi to make right by the reasonable and constitutional demands of its Kashmiri citizenry.

"This will put India on the spot to follow through and consolidate a hard-won peace," she wrote.

The US needs to make it clear that it will hold Pakistan responsible for any kind of proliferation of nuclear materials that occurs, whether from accident, theft, an insidious inside operation, or from a state decision to provide them to state or non-state actors, she said.

Fair added that the US should make it extremely clear that Pakistan will be held responsible for any terrorist attack conducted with fissile material with Pakistan's signature.

There should be no scope for plausible deniability. Also the US should stop seeking to buy Pakistan off with civilian aid or military assistance.

"This has not worked," she asserted. "As the current war winds down in Afghanistan, Pakistan knows full well that the United States is deeply frustrated with its duplicitous behavior.

"Having taken billions in military assistance with the explicit purpose of supporting the US war in Afghanistan, Pakistan has supported the very forces killing Americans and their allies.

"Howsoever discordant US and Pakistan interests are and will remain, Pakistan wants to keep the United States and its checkbook -- around for a while longer. And it has a shrewd strategy to ensure that this happens," Fair said.

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