|11/23/2009: A prelude to Obama-Singh meeting - Pakistan Observer|
Last week, US Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake had said: “We are putting in place a wide range of bilateral cooperation to reflect that level of engagement. The five pillars - Strategic Cooperation; Science, Technology, Health, and Innovation; Energy and Climate Change; Education and Development; Economics, Trade, and Agriculture - encompass virtually all of the key challenges facing the globe today”. This was a prelude to the forthcoming meeting between President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Looking at the above agenda, one should not pin hopes on President Obama that he would persuade India to address Pakistan’s concerns regarding her support to insurgents in Pakistan, because American and European countries eye big market comprising more than one billion people and also gains from so-called civil nuclear agreement. Amnesty international has in time exposed Indian human rights abuses and in its letter has urged President Obama to raise the issue of mass human rights violations in Kashmir when he meets Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House on 24th November 2009. It gave details of human rights abuses including rape, extra-judicial executions, torture, degrading treatment, arbitrary arrests and dowry deaths.