Could India help in Afghanistan? (letter)by G. WilliamsNews Weekly
, August 10, 2002
Dr Sharif Shuja's article (News Weekly
, July 27) reassures us that the governments of India and Pakistan have no intention of fighting any war, let alone a nuclear war. India has shown remarkable restraint in the face of provocation, and Mr Musharraf is trying his best on the Pakistani side.
But the pot is still being heated by many fires, the pressures in both countries are high, and the extremists on both sides usually end up calling the shots.
The immediate problem is how to persuade Pakistan, which naturally sympathises with Muslims across the line of control in India, to neutralise extremists totally and permanently, so that all Kashmiris can live in peace.
Dr Shuja's comment that both India and Pakistan are now US allies in the "war on terrorism" can be the basis of an effective coup in the right direction. The main focus of this war is clearly Afghanistan.
Pakistan is helping in its own way on its side of the border. A coalition is active inside Afghanistan. India is entitled to become part of that coalition.
With a huge army, India could offer every type of assistance, from humanitarian aid to crack SAS troops able to take part in missions in Afghanistan north of the Pakistani border.G. Williams,
Surrey Hills, Vic