One reason why Pakistan has never been able to conduct negotiations with India in a manner which would expose its machinations to the rest of the world, has been official incompetence. Another reason is our subservience to the USA, which itself being unashamedly pro-India, wants us to follow a similar policy. That is visible now, with the next round of 'informal Indo-Pak talks around the corner. First, there is the failure of Pakistan to even bring onto the agenda the Kishenganga dispute, even though it has gone to the International Arbitration Tribunal. At the same time, Pakistan now has confirmation of the links between Indian extremist terrorists and the Indian military in the statement of Swami Aseemanand, confessing to the Samjhota Express blast, that he carried out acts of terrorism so that Muslims could be falsely implicated. Pakistan is not showing any inclination to bring this matter up in the bilateral negotiations, even though it has a stronger case for the Swamis being handed over to a Pakistani court than India has ever had for the handover of Jamaat Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and others to India in connection with the Mumbai incident, over which it broke off the composite dialogue. Exposing Indian official complicity in terrorism was never the purpose of the USAS war on terror, and thus it would not look favourably on any Pakistani exposure of this aspect of its internal behaviour. This animus towards Muslims is exhibited openly by the Indian establishment when it relentlessly represses Kashmiris in the Held Valley. That is another issue about which Pakistan has not been able to achieve any result-oriented and purposeful dialogue, even though Kashmir is the core issue between the two countries, without the settlement of which, in accordance with the UN resolutions on the subject, no lasting peace in the subcontinent is possible. Not only India, but the world powers which show a touching but misguided faith in Indian secularism, should realize this.