Washington: The current impasse in ties between India and Pakistan is unlikely to end soon. A top Pentagon has said the fragile government in Islamabad is overshadowed by powerful military which heavily influences policies on Kashmir and Afghanistan.

"And unquestionably, there remains a level of tension across the border that is hard to impact," Admiral Richard Willard, Commander of the US Pacific Command (PACOM), said while testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The Admiral said that given the turmoil faced by Pakistan for the last couple of years, it's hard to imagine that flimsy governance in Islamabad is going to break the impasse in the ties.

The improvement, the US Commander said, in relationship between the two South Asian neighbours requires a very high level of commitment, which seems to be unlikely at present even after New Delhi's effort in this regard.

"There are certainly dynamics between India and Pakistan that are based on historical animosities ages old that we're all aware of. And Kashmir has often been a focal point for those antagonism to play out," Willard said.

Willard argued that it is important that the US continue to work with both these partners very carefully and thoughtfully in order to encourage them to come to the table.

(Agencies)