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    Clinton has his compulsions

    Clinton will be visiting India soon. The delay in the announcement of firm dates, to some extent, reflected not just lgistical consideaiton, but perhaps a certain political reluctance in certain segments of US establishment to endorse Clinton's visit to India, without visiting Pak. It however now s eems that unless Pak gives categorical assurance about withdrawing support from terrorist activities, signing of CTBT and return to democracy; he may not visit Pak.

    The atmospherics of visit stand negatively affeted by US's statement that they do not sufficient evidence about Pak's involveent in the hijacking of IA plane. This statement is based on political calculations of the long-term US interests in pakistan rather than on facts which the US itself has acepted and acted upon. In fact the US state dept. and anti-terrorism office cooperated with Indian government in the investigation.

    A clinton visit to Pak will certainly affect public perceptions in India. The importance of the visit to India will diminish, if he goves to Pak at this juncture. But, beyong a certain point, his visiting Pak need not give India high blood pressure for two reasons: first, the substance of Indo-US relations need not be linked to US interactions with Pak. Secondly, given the US track record of dealing with Pak regimes over the last 50 years, Clinto's trying to constructively engage Musharraf is not unexpected. It would beunrealistic to expect Clinto to engineer a positive breakthrough in Indo-Pak relations in the immediate future. The US role in getting Pak to move back beyong the LOC in the Kargil should not be underestimated. The US would generate a calculated and measured rather than punitive pressure on Pakistan.
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