A Pakistani effort to drum up support on Kashmir here last week was met with a cold response from American interlocutors and opinion-makers. Pakistani parliamentarians Shazra Mansab Ali and Mushahid Hussain spoke at two think-tank events and met officials of the U.S. State Department, but their diplomatic brinkmanship that bordered on open threats to America appears to have not gone down well.
“Road to peace in Kabul passes through Kashmir. You cannot compartmentalise and segregate these issues. Peace in South Asia must be comprehensive,” Mr. Hussain said at an event at Stimson Center this week. It is not that Richard Olson, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Peter Lavoy, Senior Director for South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council — who is the foremost policymaker for the region — are unsympathetic to this argument. The Pakistan leaders met these American officials during their stay. The Barack Obama administration has viewed South Asia as a compact, and therefore has in the past nudged the Modi government to engage Pakistan in talks, so that some common ground emerges between the two countries, including on Afghanistan.
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