Indian Defence Minister to raise issue of cross border terrorism by Pakistan with his US counterpart

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is likely to do some 'plain talking' on cross border terrorism by Pakistan and articulate India's stand on the situation in Afghanistan and the Middle East during a crucial meeting with his American counterpart Ashton Carter this week. Top Defence sources said Mr Parrikar, at the meeting on December 9 and 10, will "plainly" tell the US that its policy of engaging Pakistan was not working. Mr Parrikar, who is already in the US on his maiden visit as Defence Minister, will also express his concern over Islamabad's "threat" to use tactical nuclear weapons against India. Mr Parrikar's visit comes against the backdrop of reported US plans to sell eight F-16 fighters and 15 Bell AH 1Z Viper attack helicopters to Pakistan. Besides Pakistan and the security situation, Mr Parrikar will also take forward the Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI) as both countries work towards greater collaboration in joint development and manufacture of next-gen military technology, sources said. (NDTV)