The media and Indo-Pak talks


Sharif Lone July 21, 2010

NIDDERAU, GERMANY: Aakar Patel’s piece of July 21 titled ‘How media can help the Pakistan-India dialogue’ is excellent piece. I think having talks without any conclusions is better than a war of words. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi needs a lesson or two in diplomacy. I am sure he will learn that bad feelings of so many decades do not disappear in one go.

I understand the difficulties. In Pakistan you need an angel to admit to India that India is not going to hand over Kashmir. It needs years, if not decades of good relationship before anything could possibly move forward. Terrorism must stop and Pakistan must curb its cross-border adventures. Trade must increase, free movement of people should increase and the governments must not bow to internal pressures.

Of course, all this is easier said than done. In India there is a weak government and Pakistani democracy is still in its infancy. One step in the right direction, however, is better than no movement at all.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2010

COMMENTS (2)

Sharif Lone | 11 years ago | Reply Inayat, A piece of bread is only a temporary solution, we all need a regular input and that is only possible if spend less on defense and more on industrialization.
Inayat Ali | 11 years ago | Reply If you get a piece of bread, you know you will live for a day, if you show flexibilty and understanding, you might live that day happily.Let us move from our positions and say we want to be friends. It is so easy and I said it
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