NEW DELHI: This is with reference to Ejaz Haider’s article “Engaging Afghanistan” (July 24). The writer states: “Islamabad wants to assure the non-Pashtun Afghans that it is not in the business of putting them down; that it wants an Afghan peace process which is led, driven and owned by the Afghans. It will act as a facilitator of this process and it is an honest player. The internal balance of power — ethnic and political — is for the Afghans to decide”.
Cutting out the jargon, it just means that Pakistan has to be a good friend to Afghanistan and give the type of help asked for if possible, but always let Afghans have their way in their country. A stable and prosperous neighbour is the best recipe for your own security and prosperity. That is why, as an Indian, I want a stable and prosperous Pakistan as that will be good for India.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2012.
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