20 September, 2020

“India Does Not Need Anyone To Give It An Afghan Role. It Has One By Virtue Of Its History.”

As fast-paced developments in the region recently have again brought back focus on Kashmir and India-Pakistan relations, Ambassador Satinder 'Sati' Lambah talks on what is still possible.

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“India Does Not Need Anyone To Give It An Afghan Role. It Has One By Virtue Of Its History.”
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2017-09-16T11:13:36+05:30

Ambassador Satinder ‘Sati’ Lambah was the key negotiator in the famous ‘back channel’ diplomacy with Pakistan that brought them to the doorstep of a famous breakthrough on Kashmir. Fast-paced developments in the region in the past weeks have yet again brought back focus on Kashmir and India-Pakistan relations. He spoke to Pranay Sharma on what is still possible. Exceprts from the interview.

US President Donald Trump recently came out with his new Afghan policy. How different is it?

Basically, his Afghan policy has three or four points. It is the first public rebuke of Pakistan by a US President, hence the pressure on Pakistan. Also it is clear there will be no early withdrawal from Afghanistan and stern measures on counter-­terrorism. And he talks of an unspecified, economic role for India; a greater role for India.

No US president had publicly criticised Pakistan so far, but Trump is doing it. What is its significance?

The Americans, with whom I...

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