Pakistan must give up its 'ideological obsession' with Kashmir: Hussain Haqqani

Published: March 4, 2015
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Former ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani pressed for a "decisive shift" in Pakistan's approach towards Kashmir PHOTO: PID/ FILE

Former ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani pressed for a "decisive shift" in Pakistan's approach towards Kashmir PHOTO: PID/ FILE

LONDON: Former ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani said on Wednesday that Pakistan no longer enjoys the support of the international community over the Kashmir issue and must give up its “ideological obsession”, The Economic Times reported. 

“Pakistan needs to have the kind of approach China has over Taiwan. It doesn’t need to give up its claim but it needs to move on other issues first,” Haqqani said, speaking at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House in London.

He added that Pakistan no longer has the support of the international community on the Kashmir issue.

Read: Pakistan to turn up heat on Kashmir again

“We need to take a more pragmatic approach rather than making it an ideological obsession,” he said.

Haqqani pressed for a “decisive shift” in Pakistan’s approach towards Kashmir. He said that issues around 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, its alleged mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, and Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed could be stumbling blocks to lasting peace between the neighbouring countries.

Read: Mumbai attacks ‘mastermind’: Lakhvi lives a life of ‘luxury; in Adiala jail

The former ambassador described Pakistan and India’s relationship as a “bad marriage”.

Commenting on India’s Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar’s visit to Pakistan, Haqqani said, “It’s a good thing that India and Pakistan are resuming talks but unfortunately the fundamentals of the relationship are yet to be addressed.”

Read: Indo-Pak ties: Top diplomats fail to spring any surprises

“After initial bonhomie, the Indians will want to know what is happening with the Lakhvi trial; what is happening with Hafiz Saeed; why is Lashkar-e-Taiba still openly operating as Jamaatud Dawa,” he added.

When asked how the impasse between India and Pakistan could be broken, Haqqani said: “Pakistan is part of the international community that has agreed that terrorism is not acceptable; so there are several aspects where responsibility can be fixed.”

Read: Banned JuD thrives in Pakistan

Osama Bin Laden’s assasination

Haqqani was Pakistan’s ambassador to the US when al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden was assassinated in Abbottabad. He believes the event had a lasting impact on the Pakistan’s image.

“I was ambassador in the US when Bin Laden was shot in Pakistan. I think we owe an explanation to the world as to why he was there,” he said.

Read: Pakistan probably knew Bin Laden’s whereabouts, says former ISI chief

On India-Afghanistan relations

Haqqani said that Indian presence in Afghanistan is based on trade, aid and education ties and does not necessarily pose an inimical threat to Pakistan’s interests.

Calling India “an imaginary threat,” Haqqani said, “Parity with India is not an attainable objective, as quite simply size matters. India’s economy is 10 times larger. It is a kind of psychological and political insecurity that has held Pakistan back. The best strategy would be to focus inward.”

 

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  • Nikki
    Mar 4, 2015 - 11:51AM

    Can U say something to India also Mr. Haqqani?
    Kashmir is a bilateral issue, keep it in mind Recommend

  • Rahul
    Mar 4, 2015 - 11:54AM

    i fear for the life of this great man..he should never return to pakistan.Recommend

  • Abdul
    Mar 4, 2015 - 12:00PM

    I request Pakistanis to kindly advise Pakistan only. We Indians can take care of our own.Recommend

  • Raisani
    Mar 4, 2015 - 12:02PM

    One word for him, he’s a “Traitor”. Recommend

  • Ck
    Mar 4, 2015 - 12:02PM

    WOW !! That was absolute plain speak by Ambassador Haqqani . He seems to be the only person who has got a pulse on global affairs. Full marks sir !!

    Let Pakistan get over its obsession with India and build a strong and prosperous Pakistan.
    Long live Indo – Pak friendship.Recommend

  • Asad
    Mar 4, 2015 - 12:06PM

    @Rahul:
    The great man already fears returning to Pakistan because of “High Treason Case” since 2011/12.

    @Haqqani
    Why don’t you surrender Pakistan’s nationality ? Recommend

  • Pity
    Mar 4, 2015 - 12:06PM

    This is coming from someone who has been asked to leave his country after the Abbottabad fiasco. Recommend

  • Mohammad
    Mar 4, 2015 - 12:07PM

    that’s not happening Mr. Haqqani, at least for generations to come, UN’s resolutions can’t be thrown away and Kashmiris can’t be left helpless by Pakistan.

    Wait for the right time when Pakistan will nail it once again! Recommend

  • M Saleem Chaudhry
    Mar 4, 2015 - 12:11PM

    I’m not surprised by the ugly rationalisation of Haqqani as he knows how to gain favour with the concerned quarters for personal gains whatever the cost for the country or nation. He gained favours with America during Bush era by writing all kind of stuff with ugly rationalisation to please his masters. He did the same to get prestigious position of Ambassador from Mushraf and later played games about his letters to American officials.Recommend

  • shak
    Mar 4, 2015 - 12:15PM

    While I agree Pakistan should move on and sort rest of the issues for a shot at lasting peace, I don’t agree India’s interest in Afghanistan is purely “economic”.

    India is interfering in Balochistan and supporting factions of Taliban who target Pakistani civilians. Mr. Haqqani conveniently forgot to mention those facts. Those think-tank bucks must be great.Recommend

  • Salman Ali
    Mar 4, 2015 - 12:17PM

    Wow! That was painful but much needed at this time. The existing strategy by Pakistan has failed over and over again! It’s time we get rid of our obsession with Kashmir and amend our ties with India!Recommend

  • Raisani
    Mar 4, 2015 - 12:24PM

    @Rahul:
    You should worry for the life of the Mumbai bus rapist rather than this Haqani. Suggest a suggestion. Recommend

  • F Khan
    Mar 4, 2015 - 12:29PM

    I think these are very sensible words from Hussain Haqqani. What’s wrong to put Kashmir in the back burner for a decade and move on like China has done with Taiwan.We can keep our claim just move on. I do not think with the present international image Pakistan it is possible to push through the Kashmir agenda with India. Labeling people as ‘traitor’ is a sign of a person who has lost an argument & logic.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 4, 2015 - 12:38PM

    The jury was always out on this chap.

    He seems to have his own agenda, and little interest in Pakistan’s interests.Recommend

  • FTOsmosis
    Mar 4, 2015 - 12:42PM

    Spoken like a true American.Recommend

  • Mubashar
    Mar 4, 2015 - 12:59PM

    There is no comparison between kashmir and taiwan. There is no other country claiming taiwan and not one war has been fought over taiwan..so cut the crap and we know what hussain haqqani is…he is wanted in pakistan for high treason and he is hiding under american wings..he will say what the american lobbyists want him to say..and if he says india only has economic interests in afghanistan…well that sums up how sold out he is and cut off from reality….Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 4, 2015 - 1:03PM

    @Rahul:
    Ofcourse you do!! Please (x100), give him a Indian citizenship.Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Mar 4, 2015 - 1:09PM

    Pakistan will perish but will not give up on Kashmir !! (Whichever comes first.)Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 4, 2015 - 1:11PM

    @Abdul:
    To start with, why don’t you mind your own business and stop poking your nose in our affairs. However, you will very soon realise that like many other things, this is also something you Indians can’t do.Recommend

  • chai
    Mar 4, 2015 - 1:11PM

    @Raisani:
    Your ideology explains why you are in crisis today. Recommend

  • brajanarayan
    Mar 4, 2015 - 1:13PM

    Everybody even every Pakistani knows the truth. Kashmir is a Pak-created problem and Pak can solve it only.The way is very simple, leave the occupied Kashmir, so that J&K will become one single state under the Union of India. Anything other than this option will only lead to progressive destruction of a beautiful land, called Pakistan. We love to see it as a vibrant democracy like India.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 4, 2015 - 1:14PM

    @F Khan:
    “Labeling people ….& logic”. So is generalising. Recommend

  • Neutrino
    Mar 4, 2015 - 1:21PM

    Isn’t he the same guy who promised supreme court to return and did not return to pakistan?

    Lier in the first place.Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Mar 4, 2015 - 1:26PM

    @Asad:
    It is not just the “great man” who is scared of visiting Pakistan. Recommend

  • lalai
    Mar 4, 2015 - 1:30PM

    Sensible words. Either we accept the facts and grow by learning or continue chasing the wild goose.Recommend

  • neighbour
    Mar 4, 2015 - 1:57PM

    An excellent article by fearless realist.If only Pak’s army generals can make this leap of faith.Pak is a rich country with natural and human resources but these are wasted in the hollow pursuit of bleeding India and controlling Afghanistan;with result that large parts in NW Pakistan is ungoverned,human resources lie wasted for lack of employment or enterprise and the army is at war in Waziristan and an independence movement brewing in Baluchistan.Karachi is torn in sectarian conflict.Recently a news item informed that Pakistanis are the second highest buyers of property in Dubai who spent about 4 billion dollars last year.This reflects a growing insecurity amongst the middle classes about a dismal future here.
    Pakistan must avail it’s poor a main stream education to enable all to rise in life.It has wasted 67 years and had 4 wars with India but Kashmir still remains elusive.The recent elections in Kashmir had a 76% turnout.
    We as neighbours want Pak to flourish and be peaceful towards India.After all we lived as neighbours for centuries,so why not now. Recommend

  • joy
    Mar 4, 2015 - 2:10PM

    He is more interested in furthering his own career in the US.
    He has absolutely no loyalty to this country. Only to the US , of which he is a resident.
    Recommend

  • Rabia
    Mar 4, 2015 - 2:13PM

    The reality is that India is obsessed with illusions of grandeur. Unlike India, Pakistan’s stance on Jammu and Kashmir is based on the UN resolutions, international law and underpinned by political and moral principles.Recommend

  • A J Khan
    Mar 4, 2015 - 2:28PM

    Hussain Haqqani is always on “sale”. Its “buy “one ” Free” one offer.
    Want to buy one ?
    By the way who is asking for his unwanted free & fruitless advice?Recommend

  • woody
    Mar 4, 2015 - 2:29PM

    He’s probably the best foreign policy expert that Pakistan ever had – if Pakistan ever drops it’s policy of “shooting the messenger” maybe you can convince him to return.Recommend

  • akkk
    Mar 4, 2015 - 3:01PM

    @Abdul: It would be much better that if you take care of yourself. No one is forcing you to come to Pakistani forums and let us know that you can take care of yourself. Once a obsessed always be a obsessed…Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 4, 2015 - 3:39PM

    @neighbour:
    Oh please! Spare us the ‘india is the victim’ lecture. Look at the conduct of your government in East Pakistan (Bangladesh), Kashmir and currently in Afghanistan and Balochistan. We will handle our own issues and it is better for India also to concentrate in solving it’s problems, which by the way are many. Also, keep in mind one thing that we started with zero assets in 1947 (Pakistan was only given 6-8 months to survive) and have no doubt under achieved. Unlike India, which had everything from the start (infrastructure, money etc.) and after 67 years is still struggling to provide its population with toilets. So stop acting so innocent and for your own good admit your mistakes.Recommend

  • Warrior Bin Qasim
    Mar 4, 2015 - 3:43PM

    This sell-out Haqqani says Pakistan shouldn’t try for parity with India, Haqqani forgets that we don’t want parity, we want to regain our superiority of 1000 years rule over these people. Inshallah it will be happening soon under Raheel Sharif we are on the right path. When our Muhammad Bin Qasim came to this land, his only goal was completely establishing monotheism here, and Inshallah we should continue his mission. The modern-day Muhammad Bin Qasim can be seen inside Raheel Sharif sir. I call upon the Pakistani nation to reject these farce diplomatic talks, let us rekindle the spirit of Badr, and fulfill the destiny of our people, to be the rulers of this Subcontinent.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 4, 2015 - 3:50PM

    @woody:
    Who says he is the best foreign policy expert??!! Only an Indian can think so and please do not change your opinion. Infact, we can give the expert to India for free.Recommend

  • Fahre Afghan
    Mar 4, 2015 - 3:53PM

    As an Afghan I must thank Haqani Sahib for telling the truth. Indians do not have any militaristic agenda in Afghanistan as they do not need one. In fact Indian are winning with contribution in Education, agriculture, health & developmental projects. Pakistanis can be brainwashed into anything but truth catch up sooner or later. Recommend

  • zara haq
    Mar 4, 2015 - 4:36PM

    @Raisani:
    He needs to be dipped in ice cold ocean for senseless rant. At a time when pakistan FS is discussing indian interference in balochistan and fata with counterpart he is blathering junk here.
    And as of drawing parity with india, tau india hai kya???? We never ever want parity with it . if you notice these, indian obsessed remarks ,we are behind india ,obsessed with india compete with india and the crap , comes from these pseudo political analysts. Wasn’t he involved in memo scandal during his tenure as a diplomat.
    Plz read my comment here: http://tribune.com.pk/story/847391/kashmiris-hail-talks-with-a-caveat/
    @shak, It is not like your mohallay ki fight , where you casually saunter out of the scene. If you don’t have understanding of issues refrain from commenting. Kashmir was meant to be part of pakistan. Indians not only forcibly occupied they violated all resolutions and did worst human rights violations in human history. More than strategic location etc, it is for the oppression of people living there They can choose to stay with pak or get independent but this years of misery must end.
    And pakistan has been trying to solve issue via dialogue.

    What to say of indians when aksai chin and karakorum tracts weren’t part of subcontinent , they doctoring the maps included them in it too.Recommend

  • akki
    Mar 4, 2015 - 4:47PM

    @Abdul:
    So you came all the way to a Pakistani website to say this? Okay.Recommend

  • Yash
    Mar 4, 2015 - 4:49PM

    @zara haq: you also need to go and study the basic requirements of the original UN
    resolutions and only then comment on such serious subjects otherwise you also seem to be a person
    who does not want to know the facts. No joke but please do read the UN resolutions and then
    be man enough to write a revised version of your comment.Recommend

  • Bewildered
    Mar 4, 2015 - 5:02PM

    A fugitive, an absconder of law, running for life from a treason case in Supreme Court of Pakistan, is trying to make some bucks for living by selling himself to whoever is willing to buy.Recommend

  • Gulkhaiz
    Mar 4, 2015 - 5:07PM

    Kashmir is not an ideological obsession but a geostrategic compulsion for Pakistan. Everyone knows that the most vital interest of Pakistan in Kashmir is for water. As an agrarian economy it is the life line of Pakistan. From the military point of view the presence of Indian troops in J&K could constitute a direct threat from the rear of KP; thus can be used for an offensive. Further, Siachin Glacier is the barrier preventing Pakistan and Chinese forces from linking up in Siachin. Such a link up would undermine national security of the entire northern frontier of India. Besides, there are thirteen routes to Siachin glacier from Pakistan, whereas India has only one.
    In the new geopolitical development the importance of Kashmir has further increased because of the Chinese interest in Indian Ocean, and development of economic corridor between the two countries. The Gilgit Baltistan is an umbilical cord between China and Pakistan. China would never allow AJK to be occupied by India because it will leave China with no borders with Pakistan, thus removing her from access to Indian Ocean via Pakistan. Consequently Pakistan would defend her interest in Kashmir. Who says it is an obsession? As a matter of fact it is a compulsion. Haqani should revisit his basic strategic credo and stop saying what India and US want. Recommend

  • hud hud
    Mar 4, 2015 - 5:34PM

    What a fool India is to hold talks on Kashmir at various levels when it is a non issue, bereft of international support! Stash around 56 UN resolutions on Kasmir in a dustbin?Recommend

  • Shakil
    Mar 4, 2015 - 5:41PM

    and who are you Mr Haqqani to dictate Pakistan!
    BTW you are absconder from Pakistan supreme court!Recommend

  • syed baqar ahsan
    Mar 4, 2015 - 6:29PM

    Hussain Haqqani speaks great only which suits others.As far as international support to Pakistan is concerned,you don’t have to worry.Write another memo letter to Obama where he can find a role to intrigue in Pakistan.We wait till ur return.Recommend

  • Anand Rathore
    Mar 4, 2015 - 6:30PM

    Agenda or Interests should be favorable to the nation it’s not Agenda but A kind of self destruction Path which will destroy Pakistan one day. U didn’t get from it and if got then that was the current situation of Pakistan. @Pakistani: Recommend

  • Srivastava
    Mar 4, 2015 - 6:34PM

    Writ of Pakistan state Does not run in frontier provinces, effectively under Taliban control, Shias are being exterminated, Balochistan wants separation, economic growth is stunted, country is is grips of energy and water crisis, terror outfits are out of control, tens of thousands killed in terrorist violence, foreign drones violate your territory, military is the only functioning institution left, there is no credibility in foreign capitals, no cricket team visits Pakistan, country survives on external aid.
    And In the mids of all this doom, they want Kashmir.
    One feels for Pakistanis who want economic opportunities that will never come, families of those killed by terrorists who will not return home, for those who will not get educated and those kids who will not get vaccinated against polio.

    One can sympathies and talk sense, but there is not more to do, if some one chooses the path of self destruction.Recommend

  • Raisani
    Mar 4, 2015 - 7:12PM

    @chai:
    We know that we are facing crisis because of our ideology, but it’s a universal truth that one has to faces hurdles, difficulties and crisis while being on the right path. So we do know that it’s not the bed of roses, but victory will be ours and Kashmir will be part of Pakistan one day.
    And the Chai and Chai Walas will remain amazed n puzzled.

    ET: I request you that before restraining comments please do read them. Recommend

  • raider
    Mar 4, 2015 - 7:42PM

    @F Khan:
    you can lose your argument and logic when you write a memoRecommend

  • Hilarious
    Mar 4, 2015 - 7:45PM

    Hilarious when one’s “own” says something sane, how the pack hound him. Suddenly Haqqani has become an Indian agent. Talk about ostriches hiding their heads in the sand.

    @Raisani “@Rahul:
    You should worry for the life of the Mumbai bus rapist rather than this Haqani. Suggest a suggestion.”

    We may or may not worry for the life of the Mumbai (sic! – ignorant much?) bus rapist – you may want to worry for the lives of your animals from the perverted minds of your fellow citizens. The world knows of your online search habits – and also your preference for children, especially in Peshawar.

    ET – please publish – am directly rebutting an irrelevant remark which you have permitted. Recommend

  • Raisani
    Mar 4, 2015 - 8:05PM

    @Hilarious:
    So you are really hilarious so you are in a way admitting that you even keep an eye on our searches as well. lol
    and on other hand you say we dont care about Pakistan and Pakistanis. Get a life man. Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Mar 4, 2015 - 8:47PM

    He added that Pakistan no longer has the support of the international community on the Kashmir issue.

    Just imagine, this individual represented Pakistan in the west, a pathological liar!!! Pakistan has never had the support of the Intenational community, which cared nevertheless and still do for the people of Kashmir who have suffered too long under the occupation of the Indian military.! Kashmir should go independent if its people so desire, like the people of Taiwan which Professor Haqqani referred to. He is another one of those who believes in what the American administration put out on Sheikh Osama? is not an Indian agent but his DNA check will show his avatar ancestory.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • igk
    Mar 4, 2015 - 9:51PM

    Haqqani is correct – Kashmiris need to fend for themselves – Pakistan needs to take care of its interests first or else its own survival could be at stake.Recommend

  • Meshuga
    Mar 4, 2015 - 10:00PM

    @shak: If true, isn’t that tit for tat? As the saying goes, what’s good for the goose . . . . .Recommend

  • Asok
    Mar 4, 2015 - 10:05PM

    Hussaini didn’t say abandon Kashmir. He only said Pakistan should stop its ideological obsession and adopt a more pragmatic approach.

    He is right.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Mar 4, 2015 - 10:12PM

    India will never give up on Kashmir and Pakistan has no way of getting Kashmir unless it is able to win it in a war with India. Pakistan can never win India in a war. This is the reality. At best what Pakistan can do is to infiltrate terrorists yo Kashmir and sponsor terrorist activities. Pakistan used to do it very effectively earlier. But, the times have changed. Even if Pakistan gets Kashmir from India, it will lose Baluchistan and even Sindh, not only because India will be retaliating but also because Pakistan’s support for its Kashmir cause will encourage and insire Baluch separate from Pakistan. Every reason that Pakistan gives for its Kashmir cause will resound to the Baluch as much the same.

    Watch this interview BBC conducted in Punjab and judge for yourself how much Pakistanis know about Baluchistan and how much they know about Baluchistan. Young, old, educated, working class, professionals ………. none could even name few cities or even one city of Baluchistan.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ertcSHMhjHM

    May be Pakistanis will not miss Baluchistan.

    Not to forget that the 100 year agreement on Durand Line expired long ago and as of now there is no border agreement between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Pursuit of Kashmir will encourage Baluch and Afghans to pursue their claims the same way.Recommend

  • Meshuga
    Mar 4, 2015 - 10:15PM

    @joy: Can you not say the same thing about yourself and, for that matter, every sane person? Look at what great stuff your uber-patriot Musharraf did? Now isn’t that what true patriots do – wrest power from a democratically elected government and destabilize the country for decades to come? (Compare Pakistan before Musharraf and after.)Recommend

  • Solomon2
    Mar 4, 2015 - 10:40PM

    @Nikki: I don’t think there’s anything H.H. can say to India on this matter because imo India prefers a Pakistan demented by its obsession with Kashmir to a Pakistan that handles its relations with sanity. Recommend

  • Bewildered
    Mar 4, 2015 - 10:41PM

    @Fahre Afghan:

    With few exceptions, Afghans are not known for their intelligence, but for their skills with the guns, while Indian Hindus are the quite opposite. Since establishment of Pakistan in 1947, they are manipulating Afghans by using their brains and money to pit them against Pakistan. It would be relevant to mention here that Afghanistan was the only country in the world who voted against the resolution for making Pakistan a member of the United Nations. So what did bad Pakistan do to Afghans in 1947. For Indian Hindus, there no better way to take revenge from Afghans for the invasions and plunders their forefathers did to Indian Hindus by making them fight with another enemy Muslim nation using some petty cash, and a zero loss of their own life. Otherwise their own gigantic population of poor needed that money very badly.Recommend

  • Gp65
    Mar 4, 2015 - 11:21PM

    @Bewildered:
    ” It would be relevant to mention here that Afghanistan was the only country in the world who voted against the resolution for making Pakistan a member of the United Nations. So what did bad Pakistan do to Afghans in 1947″

    Afghanistan voted against Pakistan due to India’s say so? Really? Then India too would have oted against Pakistan, right? But you know. Hat was not the case. Whether you acknowledge or not, Afghanistan does not accept and acknowledge Durand Line. It believes large part of KPK and FATA should be part of Afghanistan. It is for this reason that they voted against Pakistan in the UN.

    “With few exceptions, Afghans are not known for their intelligence”

    What an amazingly bigoted statement.Recommend

  • zara haq
    Mar 5, 2015 - 12:16AM

    @Bewildered:
    Indian hindus always used others to fight for them. At partition it was sikhs in east punjab, later they employed them heavily in army yet did their massacre. And then used afghans for proxies.
    And iam a very average intelligence person but i would still say seeing their comments here,they seem to be lacking in brains too.Recommend

  • Jag Nathan
    Mar 5, 2015 - 1:08AM

    Whether Pakistan accepts it or not, the Kashmir issue is pretty much dead. Yes, you can make speeches in the General Assembly and in foreign capitals. Hardly anyone cares as evidenced from the reaction worldwide. Kashmir is not Palestine and India is not Israel. The majority of the nations need India’s markets and that includes most Arab and Muslim nation. You don’t go and tick off your best customer.Recommend

  • Mar 5, 2015 - 1:28AM

    Well It seems that The Memo-Gate (also Mullen memo) was True. Why there is no action against him I wonder If the the mullah of Lal-Masjid had said the same thing what would have been the reaction from the public and our so called Social media Activists etcRecommend

  • Sal
    Mar 5, 2015 - 1:30AM

    @Raisani:
    People who usually speak the truth are called traitors.Recommend

  • Fazal Dad
    Mar 5, 2015 - 3:16AM

    It is is his old party Jamaat Islami speaking inside him. A jamaatia is always jamaatia. The Jamaat was never in favor of Pakistan and will never be. It was a sinister party then and is a sinister now. Old habits die hard. Recommend

  • Bewildered
    Mar 5, 2015 - 8:48AM

    @zara haq:

    “And iam a very average intelligence person but i would still say seeing their comments here,they seem to be lacking in brains too”

    Please don’t judge Indians intelligence (shrewdness) from the comments posted here because: 1) these people are merely the foot soldiers, not the generals, 2) no amount of intelligence can produce a seemingly intelligent argument to prove a clearly wrong thing correct. The reality is these foot soldiers are at great disadvantage because they hardly have any truth or principle available to them for supporting their twisted arguments to begin with. All they have at their disposal are lies, deception, facts twisting, and ingrained extreme malevolence, which a person of even an average intelligence can see through. The irony is, these hate filled dummies think by clicking ‘Recommend’ in large numbers means that they have won the argument.Recommend

  • Tyggars
    Mar 5, 2015 - 11:29AM

    @zara haq:
    And iam a very average intelligence person but i would still say seeing their comments here,they seem to be lacking in brains too.

    It seems that way because of your very average intelligence and the accompanied lack of comprehensionRecommend

  • IGK
    Mar 5, 2015 - 3:02PM

    The Question is Do Kashmiris want to be a part of Pakistan? Answer: They DO NOT – so leave them alone.Recommend

  • zara haq
    Mar 5, 2015 - 4:45PM

    @Bewildered:
    Lolz recommend button is funny. Even i received recommendations for writing foolish posts. But you are right. No i dont take few people that post here their intelligence and arguments to generalize the entire nation. You are spoton. I don’t know if we pakistanis started spinning lies like they did, how well we would do.
    But i try to be honest in discussions and like being corrected when wrong.

    @ Tyggar, comprehension skills? Ages old stuff. Come up with something new.Recommend

  • woody
    Mar 5, 2015 - 4:47PM

    @Pakistani:

    @woody:Who says he is the best foreign
    policy expert??!! Only an Indian can
    think so

    I suggest you read his book – he demonstrates a remarkable knowledge of Pakistan’s foreign policy and relationship with United States/India/World. He was arguably the best Pakistani Ambassador ever assigned to the USA – he was well known and had access to almost every mover/shaker in the USA – his successors are unknown and have no influence.Recommend

  • Amjed Jaaved
    Mar 5, 2015 - 4:52PM

    Around 53 resolutions on Kashmir are an embodiment of international support to Kashmir view of Pakistan, Plebiscite.Recommend

  • Rahul
    Mar 5, 2015 - 8:49PM

    Husain Haqqani is today the most respected Pakistani abroad. When Americans want to understand Pakistan, they don’t ask the Ambassdor from Pakistan or the Prime Minister of Pakistan, they ask Husain Haqqani, such is the standing of this man. After the Peshawar attack, it was Husain Haqqani who was on CNN and NBC telling Americans what the attack for Pakistan, its Government, Military and Citizens. When you call names to Husain Haqqani, it is akin to calling names to Malala, it only shows what you have become as a nation.Recommend

  • lohana
    Mar 6, 2015 - 9:43AM

    @Nikki:
    Pakistan claims Kashmir belongs to Pak and India claims it belongs to us. Point he is making here is, India doesnt obsess over taking back the part of region held by Pak currently. Its not our top priority. But for Pak it is the top three. Recommend

  • Indian Uncle
    Mar 6, 2015 - 11:17AM

    I would advice Pakistanis to stay obsessed with India. Another few more years and there will be nothing left for India to worry about.Recommend

  • zara haq
    Mar 6, 2015 - 7:19PM

    @Indian Uncle:
    ” nothing left for india to worry about”

    Yes your future looks quite gloomy. I agreeRecommend

  • ajay
    Mar 12, 2015 - 1:34AM

    pakistani people especially in military circle blame India for dismemberment of Bangladesh from Pakistan in 1971. hardly these people know the actual reasons for why it happened as it is documented on wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BangladeshLiberationWar Recommend

  • lalit bagai
    Apr 7, 2015 - 3:21AM

    @Warrior Bin Qasim:
    Look at situation of Pakistani,s in Britain. 25 % drive taxis. 12 % are in jail.
    They are thoroughly disliked by British. still liveing in delusions. In a conflict between
    the West and Islam you guys will have tough time. No wellfare payments and many will be deported.Recommend

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