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Monday, 28 January 2013

What India really wants from Pakistan?

What India really wants from Pakistan?


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By Nadeem Iftekhar
To earn international attention and sympathies, perhaps, Indians claimed that Pakistan Army not only shot two soldiers dead but deliberately left one soldier’s decapitated body at the scene. If Pakistan was hoping that following last week’s ceasefire between the two countries’ troops in Kashmir things were coming back to normal, the kind of ‘threatening’ and ‘warning’ statements by the Indian High Command simply ruined our government’s efforts yet again to bring peace between two nations."
At Pakistan’s end, government officials are constantly engaged in promoting ‘Aman Ke Aasha’ (hope for peace) on every possible forum i.e. from politics to sports, from hospitality and more than warm welcome for their Indians guests to highly submissive behavior reflected in our officials’ tones and acts, from making efforts to declare India as ‘Most Favorite Country’ to open borders for trade and travel etc.


While on India’s part, the Indian president makes it loud and clear this Friday; the Indians can never be our friends; in any circumstances; in any way and; they can never be trusted.

Although the high level Pakistani Officials have finally started opening their mouths in an attempt to reply to the highly aggressive rather insulting behaviors shown by their neighboring counterparts; the Indians are simply not ‘impressed’ by Pakistan’s weaker stance. In Friday’s live transmission the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee would be heard ‘Warning’ Pakistan not to take India’s hand of friendship for granted.

He further conveyed to Pakistan government that what the entire Indian nation considers a matter of deepest concern now; is Pakistan’s sponsoring terrorism, through the non-state actors. Indian President was clearly quoting the 2008 Mumbai tragedy leaving as many as 166 people dead and as anticipated; India had put it all on Pakistan, specifically on the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group.

It all started following a sad rather tragic incident when Pakistan Army alleged Indian forces of shooting three of Pakistani soldiers to death while along the de facto Kashmir-boundary very recently. As a ‘tradition,’ the Indian officials accused that in fact, Pakistani troops had killed two Indian soldiers instead while on the Line of Control.

To earn international attention and sympathies, perhaps, Indians claimed that Pakistan Army not only shot two soldiers dead but deliberately left one soldier’s decapitated body at the scene. If Pakistan was hoping that following last week’s ceasefire between the two countries’ troops in Kashmir things were coming back to normal, the kind of ‘threatening’ and ‘warning’ statements by the Indian High Command simply ruined our government’s efforts yet again to bring peace between two nations.

Our Foreign Affairs Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Opposition Leader Ch. Nisar Ali Khan said in their respective statements that it is India who started it all in the first place and now they’re showing reluctance in taking responsibility, neither India seems sincere, in any way, in improving relations between the two countries by carrying out the peace process. India thus needs to ‘clarify’ what in the world they want us to do then?

** Nadeem Iftekhar is the Chief Editor of The Lahore Times


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