Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has expressed the hope that US President Barack Obama's visit to South Asia will help reduce tension in the region.

Speaking in Radio Pakistan’s Nuqta-e- Nazar program, analyst Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal said: “The visit of the president of Barack Obama has great significance in the regional scenario. India wants to compete with China in the region. Both countries can sign other deals relating to nuclear issue as well. We had informed US Secretary of State John Kerry that India has been trying to divert the attention of our forces from war against terrorism by firing on LoC and Working Boundary. Pakistan is an important player in the region and it cannot be disregarded. The growing relations between US and India will negatively disturb the balance of regional politics and power.”

Defense analyst Lt. Gen.(Retd.) Amjad Shoaib said: “The visit of US President has negative impacts on the region. The United States considers the bilateral relationship with India in various fields including trade, education and defense as inevitable for America. Pakistan has given full support to the United States in war against terrorism. India is involved in terroristic activities in Pakistan through Afghanistan. American leader Chuck Hagel had also endorsed that India was supporting terrorists in Pakistan by using Afghan land. The visit of Barrack Obama has made the friendship between Pakistan and United States doubtful. All countries have their own interest. It is the duty of our leadership to use their cards carefully.”

Analyst Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema said: “The United States thinks that the relationship with India is essential to counter the influence of China in the region. The United States has also signed civil nuclear agreement with India and ignored even NPT. During his current visit, the President Obama said the United States will support India in its bid the permanent membership in UN Security Council. Irony of the fact is that India has been rejecting the resolutions of the United Nations many times. India is continuously violating basic human rights in Kashmir. The United States’ support for permanent membership in the Security Council is totally irrational. President Obama has lauded the role of India in Afghanistan which is not fair because India is involved in helping the terrorists in Pakistan via Afghan territory. The unprovoked firing on Working Boundary by India is condemnable.”

Analyst Dr. Muhammad Khan said: “The United States had imposed ban on Narendra Modi to enter into the United States. A trial was also undergoing in the United States against Modi on the killing of Muslims in Gujarat. When Narendra Modi took oath as Prime Minister of India, the United States also changed its policy towards India. India is a big country of the region and it is also the neighbor of China. America wants to create pressure on China through improving relations with India. Nuclear agreement with India shows that the United States wants to help India against China. This agreement will also disturb the balance of power between Pakistan and India which is not a positive sign for the region.”

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