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Arms Yes, Men No

A cagey Islamabad is only prepared to go thus far

Arms Yes, Men No
Arms Yes, Men No
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It’s certainly not the best way for two states to come together, but for decades Pakistan and Sri Lanka seem to have worked on the "your enemy is my enemy" principle. But despite this rather strange confluence of interests and Pakistan’s highlighting of the anti-India sentiments prevailing on the emerald island, recent events in Sri Lanka have evoked little public interest. In fact, the last time that country made it to the news was last October, when Gen Pervez Musharraf’s visit nearly cost him the general headquarters.

Now, after LTTE’s rapid advance on Jaffna and Colombo’s call for assistance, many observers and even members of Musharraf’s government are warning against active military involvement in the region. The foreign office too is playing it safe. Regarding the possibility of sending in Pakistani troops to Sri Lanka, Iftiqar Murshid, the foreign office spokesman, said, "I have not seen any telegram where there has been a request for such help. But we are always ready to provide any logistic help and humanitarian...

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