'India needs to take Pakistan more seriously'

Published: September 25, 2017
Indian Prime Minister Narandre Modi. PHOTO: AFP

Indian Prime Minister Narandre Modi. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: The Karachi Council on Foreign Relations (KCFR) invited Pakistan’s former high commissioner to India, Abdul Basit, to talk about the contemporary relations of Pakistan and India and the geopolitical factors involved in determining the relationship between the countries.

In the opening session, KCFR Secretary-General Ahsan Zubairi, Vice-Admiral (retd) Khalid Mir and former ambassador Shahid Amin maintained that India considers Pakistan a ‘weak state’ and has always played a role in destabilising the country.

Basit shared his experiences in India as a Pakistani diplomat, focusing on how the Indian political thought has switched towards cornering Pakistan internationally as well as domestically. References were made to the Kashmir issue and how it will always be linked to the geopolitical situation, with specific reference to peace in the region.

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India and China are engaged in a very careful relationship based on economic interests, whereas Pakistan sees China as a friend and so, India is threatened by China’s new stance towards Pakistan, claimed Basit.

According to him, Pakistan is rising as a new economic power in the region and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will relieve Pakistan’s economic problems and benefit it in the long run.

Indian aggression on matters of interference within Pakistan through proxies and the terrorism derived from that intervention may well be perceived by Pakistan as aggression and regional peace cannot be secured until and unless India shows a peaceful confidence-building gesture to Pakistan, he added.

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Pakistan is one of the most important stakeholders in this region and hence India needs to take Pakistan more seriously, he warned.
The session was attended by a large audience, including diplomatic delegations from the United States Consulate, Islamic Republic of Iran, Russia and Germany, among others.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Saurav
    Sep 25, 2017 - 8:41AM

    Keep crying. Nobody listens to you nowadays, not even China. Pakistan is NO match to india in any parameters.Recommend

  • rahul
    Sep 25, 2017 - 9:03AM

    So these people told you what you wanted to hear.Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Sep 25, 2017 - 9:26AM

    It is for Pakistan to act serious first; it is hard for other countries to take it seriously when its leaders and representatives act comically in the UN. Recommend

  • FarLand
    Sep 25, 2017 - 10:39AM

    They are already taking it very seriously. Supporting terrorist groups like BLA, TTP and now created a nexus with Uncle Sam and Israel.Recommend

  • Arsalan
    Sep 25, 2017 - 11:25AM

    Not even the leaders of Pakistan take Pakistan seriously.Recommend

  • venkataramana
    Sep 25, 2017 - 12:38PM

    After Mumbai,there is no way Indians will reconcile with Pakistan any time soon,unless certain steps are seen to have been taken.Until then it will be what it is.Recommend

  • hasan Ali
    Sep 26, 2017 - 10:38PM

    He didn’t say anything of strategic importance or new.
    Just the obvious.Recommend

  • kamal
    Oct 13, 2017 - 12:21PM

    So happy to have a staunch enemy like India. We need such enemies to keep our blood warmRecommend

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