DELHI: This letter is with reference to a story appearing in this newspaper (“Competition intensifies: US seeks to reshape ties as Chinese influence grows”, May 11). The story states: “At a press briefing, US Special Envoy for Energy Amos Hochstein though welcomed the massive flow of Chinese investment, a perception has emerged that Beijing’s deepening partnership with Islamabad including the takeover of the strategic Gwadar Port has disturbed the US and India.”
The writer can have his own perception, but from an Indian perspective, I can say that economic activities in Pakistan do not bother India. The rise of civil society, modernity and democracy in Pakistan is beneficial to India. The rise of religious fundamentalism in Pakistan bothers us as India, too, has such forces. I think such forces on both sides of the border complement each other and both nations should fight them.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 13th, 2015.