We in Pakistan are turning a new leaf. “Should the political mindset adopt or co-opt the military mindset? Issues are dealt with military mindset alright, but the problems are ultimately solved by a political mindset.”
WINDS OF MUTUAL TRUST SEEM TO BE BLOWING OVER THE GREAT DIVIDE
by Zia Haq
Thank God, at last sanity seems to be prevailing in both India and Pakistan. Let this sanity guide the establishment, politicians as well as the media groups here as well as there [who have thrown so much vitriolics into the public mind that they think we are their worst enemy and we think same against them]. Let this approach, these stupidities of the past of “Tum doodh maango ge ham khheer dain ge, tum Kashmir maango ge ham cheer dain ge” on the other side of the border and the one here amongst us that “Hum Mussalmanon ne hazaron sal Bharatiyon per hakoomat ki hae, ab hum Lal Qilay per bhi Islam ka jhanda lehraen ge” should go for ever.
The two countries have nice, friendly peoples who inherit so many beautiful things from their past. Let these beautiful things form the part of further confidence building measues so that the subcontinent enters a new era of peace, friendship and prosperity. [Nayyar]
·Pakistan foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said Islamabad now trusts New Delhi more than ever before and believes the Kashmir dispute cannot be a roadblock.
“We will trust India more in whatever we do. We are clear on this,” Khar told HT. She said although the Kashmir issue needs to be resolved, it need not be the point of start. “Our intention is to solve the (Kashmir) problem. But let us start with the less complicated problems. We will deal with our differences in a different mode,” Khar said.
On Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s much-anticipated but yet undecided trip to Pakistan, she said: “This only states the clear direction of our foreign policy that we will not let go any desire from India unattended.”
India and Pakistan have a legacy of three wars since independence. Khar said the time had come to “not get bogged down by the old mindset”.
She said Pakistan is turning a new leaf. “Should the political mindset adopt or co-opt the military mindset? Issues are dealt with military mindset alright, but the problems are ultimately solved by a political mindset.”
The writer Zia Haq is Assistant Editor at the Hindustan Times. He resides in New Delhi, India.
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