THE recent visit of Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik to India got extensive media coverage in both countries. Now both countries have agreed to ease visa restrictions, increase trade and resolve all disputes through dialogue.

But reality is that frequent visits by several key ersonalities are only cosmetic steps, and mere speeches can’t bring any change in the region. Unfortunately, despite growing poverty, unemployment and raising prices of basic commodities, both countries are still spending huge amount of money on purchasing arms.

For the last several years tension is still high on the borders. In case of any terrorist activity on the Indian soil, India accuses Pakistan of terrorism, while Pakistan is seeing Indian hand in terrorism in Fata and Balochistan. Unfortunately, both governments are also not able to make any decisions against the wishes of hardline elements of extremist parties.

Several other key issues like Kashmir, Siachen, construction of controversial dams, and frequent acts of terrorism in both countries are also making things from bad to worse.

Only a few months ago Pakistan decided to move the International Court of Arbitration against the construction of the controversial Kishanganga dam. A proxy war is also going on in Afghanistan between the two countries. Until and unless these countries are not able to resolve genuine issues and longstanding disputes, peace in the region cannot be achieved.

K. UMER FAROOQ Jeddah

Updated Dec 22, 2012 11:04pm

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Comments (10) (Closed)


Agha Ata
Dec 23, 2012 01:53pm
True. Any country based on religion will have problems, will create problems, will itself be a problem for the rest of the world, whether it is Israel or Pakistan.
Deepen C
Dec 23, 2012 11:13am
Pakistan cannot handle their current pieces of land, what do they want Kashmir for?
ZR
Dec 23, 2012 10:57am
Kashmir is the core issue, as long as it remains a disputed territory, this Pak Indo problem will remain.
ch.Subba Rao
Dec 23, 2012 02:10pm
Every problem can be solved with mutual trust and understanding,our politicians lacks will to solve these core issues.
Singh
Dec 23, 2012 11:29am
Core issue is the creation of a country on the basis of religion. Everything else is a result of that.
SKChadha
Dec 23, 2012 04:14pm
My brother, be at peace and have prosperity ... aameen.
samar
Dec 23, 2012 04:05pm
To have better relation with india just like two neighbors usa and canada.
gramin
Dec 23, 2012 02:27pm
really... lol
Jalaluddin S. Hussain
Dec 23, 2012 04:50am
I fully agree with the following conclusion of Mr. K.Umer Farooq: Quote: Until and unless these countries are not able to resolve genuine issues and longstanding disputes, peace in the region cannot be achieved. Unquote. Only by resolving core disputes between India and Pakistan, peace and prosperity, in both the countries, can be brought about. There is no other way.
surinder
Dec 23, 2012 07:36am
very true.