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The House That George Built

The importance of Indo-US relations is an issue both Republicans and Democrats agree on

The House That George Built

It isn’t just the Indian Parliament that’s shocked at the Indo-Pak joint statement following the Manmohan Singh-Yousuf Raza Gilani meet at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh earlier this month. Half a world away, South Asia analysts in Washington dubbed Manmohan’s concessions to Pakistan a curious climbdown, immensely surprised as they were that he should have delinked Indo-Pak dialogue from action on terror by Pakistan.

As Lisa Curtis of the Heritage Foundation admits, “I thought the joint statement was very surprising, particularly in the light of the release of Hafiz Mohammed Saeed.” The Lahore High Court recently ordered the release of Saeed, the founder of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), the organisation that has been accused of carrying out the Mumbai attacks. The court’s decision could be read as a sign that Pakistan is not serious about shutting down LeT and its affiliates, Curtis argues.

Many in India see America’s hand in the joint statement. This perception has gained ground partly...

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