LONDON - WikiLeaks in its latest revelation said that former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Gopalswami Parthas-arathy in his meeting with US deputy security adviser Virginia Palmer expressed his concerns on the US pull out of Afghanistan and said that the cost of losing Afghanistan is too great for India. Gopalswami said failure in Afghanistan would be disastrous for the US. He said that India would be in deep trouble if the US walked away from the conflict. Palmer emphatically reassured him of the US governments commitment to stay the course in Afghanistan. When asked if India would consider putting troops on the ground in northern Afghanistan, Parthas-arathy responded that it would depend on how its politically played, acknowledging that the idea has some strategic value. The Ambassador suggested that a prosperous, friendly Afghanistan would assert its independence through foreign policy and, therefore, become a threat to neighbouring Pakistan. Concerning ethnic Pashtuns, he articulated that they have shifting loyalties and noted that, though Osama bin Laden is well-protected, every Pashtun has his price. He stated that the Pashtun region needs more integration and development, but cautioned that President Karzai would have to help. Parthasarthy advised that Tajiks and Pashtuns should not be thrown together in the same battalions in the Afghan National Army because they lack ethnic linkages to each other. If you are fighting, you must have a cause to fight, he remarked, adding that Tajiks feel abandoned and would benefit from having an all-Tajik battalion, as would the Uzbeks. They have to be brought into the process, asserted Parthasarathy. According to the WikiLeaks, Parthasarathy suggested that bettering the lives of certain groups in Afghanistan would improve the situation. He pointed out that a grassroots campaign, increasing the quality of life for people working in the fields of Afghanistan and giving ownership to local governance, would bring about local social commitment. Arguing for land reform in the FATA, he argued that establishing a Pashtun identity which is not Taliban nor religious-oriented would be beneficial, and encouraged the US to engage with moderate Pashtun leaders.