A number of speakers addressing a seminar on Sunday claimed that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had adopted an aggressive stance against Pakistan with western backing.
They were speaking at a seminar organised by the Tech Society Club. The seminar was titled Pakistan’s Present Political Situation and Indian Aggression. They said western countries were conspiring against Pakistan as it was a nuclear power.
Qayyum Nizami, a columnist, said Narendra Modi was politically affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. He said Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had said that Pakistanis would prefer eating grass to become a nuclear power than submitting to India. Nizami said the nuclear weapons programme had made Pakistan capable of challenging India’s hegemonic designs. He said Pakistan-India disputes should be resolved through diplomacy. Nizami said economic and political stability would be a powerful deterrent against Indian aggression.
Pakistan Visionary Forum president Muhammad Sadiq said India wanted to capture the country’s resources. Salman Abid, an analyst, said India had tried to sow internal discord in Pakistan through Iran and Afghanistan. He said that most political parties worldwide were supported by business conglomerates to protect their interests.
He said this was the reason behind widespread poverty in India.
Former Punjab University Mass Communication chairman Mugheesuddin Sheikh said Pakistan was lagging behind the world in intellectual development.
He said it was imperative to focus on the youth to bring about a positive change. Sheikh said most political parties in Pakistan did not respect democratic principles.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 20th, 2014.