Pakistan-India peace: core issues

Published Aug 13, 2013 07:20am

THIS is apropos Deendayal M. Lulla’s letter ‘Agra-born president’ in which he has expressed his desire for a lasting peace between Pakistan and India.

In his exuberance, he has quoted the example of Manmohan Singh, Dilip Kumar and Gulzar being born in Pakistan and our newly-elected president being born in Agra. He emphasised that these factors should be cause enough for the two countries to come closer to each other.

He said that Pakistani food can be found in India and vice versa. He also said that Raymond has been opened in Karachi, fashion designers’ collection is being swapped across both sides of the divide, etc.

Nevertheless, the learned writer has not touched the core issues between the two countries which are a real stumbling block in the cordial and unsuspecting relations between the two countries.

Kashmir may be put at the back burner but the issue is smouldering. Siachen can be frozen deep in the glaciated region but the problem remains cancerous and needs chemotherapy. India stabbed us in the back during the East Pakistan crisis in 1971, while we had spared India during the Sino-India war of 1962.

Some more hardcore problems like Baglihar, Wullar Barrage and Kishanganga hydroelectric power project all are with the intent and purpose of stopping the share of water of western rivers designated to Pakistan under the Indus Waters Treaty of 1960 and they remain unresolved.

There are reports that India is helping Baloch militants. The list is long. We Pakistanis are keen to have good relations with all our neighbours but as long as the aforementioned core issues lurk, the possibility of cordial relations will remain a far-fetched hope.

All these problems though seem to be amber, they can prove to be a flashpoint. Kashmir is a ticking time-bomb.

S.A. SIDDIQUI
Karachi


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BRR
Aug 13, 2013 07:38pm

A first step would be to declare a no-war pact, one that would rule out use of force / army to settle accounts. Unless this happens, there will be no peace, and what we have today is all we can have for a long time.

sunny vale
Aug 13, 2013 08:18pm

to siddiqi

You are giving a one-sided pakistani perspective of the whole problem. You muslims are taught that Pakistan and islam ever did anything wrong or evil. You must come out of this "islam good, hindus bad" indoctrination. When will you do that? Islam was created in Makkah and not in the indian subcontinent and hence islam is here an alien imperialist totalitarian ideology. The hindu has had to suffer under this since 1200 years. The muslim is the original aggressor and marauder or his follower and profiteer.

greatful indian
Aug 13, 2013 08:42pm

thank you for sparing us during the 1962 Sino-India war. you are a kind nation.

yash
Aug 13, 2013 09:13pm

Brother, time to introspect ourselves. A lie shouted by thousand people thousand times on thousand occasions doesn't become truth. "TRUTH ONLY TRIUMPHS" in we believe.

M. Siddique
Aug 13, 2013 09:56pm

Well written.

S Shastri
Aug 13, 2013 10:51pm

@S.A. SIDDIQUI Are you saying that Pakistan showed its good faith towards India by not stepping in to India's armed conflict with China in 1962 for which India should remain grateful? Obviously you do not see the difference between armed conflict between two countries for whatever good or bad reasons and a third country trying to profit from it opportunistically, regardless of what the UN may have prescribed as civilized behavior post WW-II.

Ram Narayanan
Aug 14, 2013 06:15am

You say "India stabbed us in the back during the East Pakistan crisis in 1971" I say "Pakistan stabbed itself during the East Pakistan crisis in 1971"

You say "while we had spared India during the Sino-India war of 1962" I say "India actually spared Pakistan during the Indo-Pak war of 1965"

You say "There are reports that India is helping Baloch militants" I say "India is too big a world player and has no time to waste on the Baluch militants"