WASHINGTON - An American journalist of Indian origin Monday denounced the report of US top commander in Afghanistan voicing concerns over expanding India's involvement in the war-torn country, saying New Delhi's intelligence operations there were limited. "This is a bizarre criticism," wrote Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, in The Washington Post about General Stanley McChrystal, who in his proposed new Afghan strategy, warned that "increasing Indian influence in Afghanistan is likely to exacerbate regional tensions and encourage Pakistani countermeasures." "The Indian government's aid to Afghanistan has mostly gone to build schools and infrastructure," insisted Zakaria, who increasingly sounds more like a lobbyist for India than a professional journalist. Defending India's role in Afghanistan while denouncing Pakistan, he said, "While New Delhi is trying to gain influence with the Kabul government, U.S. officials tell me that Indian intelligence has limited operations in Afghanistan. America should not want India to banish itself from its own subcontinent. In fact, India's objectives are exactly aligned with America's -- to defeat the Taliban and to support the elected Afghan government". When Zakaria put up such a defence on behalf of India while interviewing former President Pervez Musharraf earlier this month on CNN's GPS programme, he drew a sharp rebuke from the general. A visibly angry Musharraf said India was definitely involved in Afghanistan and that the Afghan intelligence apparatus works under the Indian influence. "I have given documentary evidence of Indian role in Afghanistan from top to bottom here,", Musharraf retorted. Zakaria's bias in favour of India comes out clearly when he put leading questions to his guests and often, unlike professional journalists, argues with them. On Monday, writing under the headline: Don't Neglect India", in an attempt to promote Indian Prime Minister Monmohan Singh's visit -- that's what lobbyists do -- Zakaria said, "India is the hegemon of South Asia, with enormous influence throughout the subcontinent. Its gross domestic product is 100 times that of Afghanistan. As Afghanistan opened itself up after the fall of the Taliban, the culture, cuisine, movies and money that flowed into the country were Indian. This is like noting that the United States has had growing influence in Mexico over the past few decades. "Pakistan's objectives, on the other hand, are not the same as Washington's. Islamabad has long argued that it has a right to see a pro-Pakistani government in Afghanistan. Asia expert Selig Harrison has noted that in an interview with him in 1988, Pakistani President Mohammed Zia ul-Haq demanded 'a regime to our liking' in Kabul. Last year a Pakistani general told the director of national intelligence that Pakistan had to support the Taliban in Afghanistan, 'otherwise India will reign.' Having created the Afghan Taliban, Pakistan has still not taken any steps to dismantle it. Even now, while attacking the Pakistani Taliban in South Waziristan, it has not disturbed the leadership of the Afghan Taliban in Baluchistan. "The Obama administration has also seemed to endorse the idea that if only the dispute over Kashmir were resolved, Pakistan would suddenly attack all the terror groups it has supported over the years. Now, it's fair to say that India is far too prickly about Kashmir, but the only path to any resolution there will lie in building trust between Pakistan and India. That's unlikely to happen while Pakistan refuses to go after the terror group that also planned the Mumbai attacks, Lashkar-e-Taiba. "Generals like McChrystal -- no matter how smart or tough -- should not make policy, because they confuse the imperatives of the battlefield with a broader view. Obama must keep in mind that South Asia is a tar pit filled with failed and dysfunctional states, save for one long-established democracy of 1.2 billion people that is the second-fastest-growing major economy in the world, a check on China's rising ambitions and a natural ally of the United States. The prize is the relationship with India. The booby prize is governing Afghanistan'.