Ties with India

Published Jan 24, 2013 12:15am

PREOCCUPATION with domestic issues over the past few weeks should not have prevented Pakistan’s policymakers and informed sections of society from taking note of the dangerous events along the Line of Control in Kashmir.

What led to the exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistan troops and the loss of life on both sides is not clear. However, it should not have been difficult to appreciate India’s anger at the reported beheading of one of its soldiers.

One does regret the two sides’ failure to set up a mechanism for the investigation of such incidents. What should have caused immense anxiety in Pakistan was the sharp reaction from the Indian leadership, especially Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s declaration that bilateral relations had considerably deteriorated.

Fortunately, the foreign ministers of both countries are making an attempt at damage control but a more earnest effort to ease the tension is obviously needed.

Whatever the provocation, the Indian decision to suspend the visa-on-arrival facility for senior citizens was completely unexpected. It also made no sense. People on both sides had hailed the new system as the culmination of years of campaigning by human rights activists on both sides. It seemed the doors were being shut on agents of friendship and goodwill. This impression has been altered somewhat by the explanation that certain preparations for managing the new system have to be completed.

One should hope that the suspension of the new visa regime is only for a short time.

More worrisome has been the effectiveness of the hate-driven campaign by India’s communal organisations, led by the new boss of Shiv Sena, who is obviously keen to establish himself as a tougher troublemaker than his recently departed predecessor.

Pakistani hockey players were sent back home before they had time to unsheathe their sticks, the venue of a Pakistani women’s cricket match was shifted from Mumbai, a Pakistani actor was obliged to rush back home, a drama team was disallowed participation in a theatre festival and Ajoka’s performance of a play on Manto at Jaipur was cancelled (though by allowing two performances of the play in New Delhi, Indian society confirmed its valuable stock of sanity).

These incidents should not be dismissed as infantile petulance; they betray the communal extremists’ fears that cooperation between India and Pakistan in the areas of the arts, sports and culture, as indeed free travel between the two countries, will demolish the walls of acrimony they and their patrons in mainstream politics have raised after years of hard labour. This also underlines the urgency of redoubled efforts to promote deeper cooperation between the two neighbours in the cultural field.

Islamabad and New Delhi both should be aware of the challenges they face from anti-democratic and anti-secular forces in the run-up to their general elections and both need to protect whatever of substance has survived in their democratic systems after the free hand allowed to self-seekers and criminals with money bags. Indian democracy’s being more resilient than Pakistan’s seasonal experiments in democratic governance does not mean that New Delhi can afford to be complacent about the canker of communalism in its body politic. In Pakistan’s case, the battle with terrorists and religious militants has become for obvious reasons a matter of life and death and therefore it has much greater need to strengthen its defences against attacks on its constitutional order.

There have recently been signs and suggestions that Indian politicians and the intelligentsia have begun to see in the threats to Pakistan’s political system and its integrity potential risks to peace and security in their own country.

Similarly, the fact that exploiters of common people’s religious sentiments on both sides derive strength from each other’s antics is now widely known. The soundness of these formulations is manifest and no arguments are necessary to realise the need for India and Pakistan to avoid doing or tolerating anything in their respective lands that could start a cycle of action and reaction on the other side and cause harm to both societies.

Since Pakistan’s problems are quite acute, Islamabad must realise that not only neighbourly relations with India but mutually beneficial collaboration in economic and political fields has become essential for its progress, perhaps even survival.

Thus Islamabad must move beyond the point the army chief recently made when he called for a shift in the security paradigm because of the fact that the threats to Pakistan’s security from the north-west had become more serious than those from the eastern and southern sides. The sooner practical steps are taken to make the border with India peaceful without the presence of large contingents of troops, the better.

There is a clear need for the defence strategists of India and Pakistan to realise what a mess they have created by pursuing inappropriate, to use a mild expression, security doctrines, and to find ways of evolving new and rational answers to their security concerns, preferably in a broader South Asian context. Unfortunately this does not seem likely in the near future and Pakistan and India may have to spend more time on confidence building measures.

Meanwhile there is no reason for Pakistan to delay rethinking its defence strategy. The folly of depending on the benevolence of international war contractors and arms suppliers was exposed long ago and so was the misplaced faith in the capacity of the so-called Muslim bloc to keep Pakistan’s modest war machine going. The impossibility of forcing India to yield ground under the pressure of arms should have been accepted by now by commanders and footmen alike. Likewise Pakistan should have no fears of being destroyed by the Indian military. The time for such scenarios has passed.

The only possibility Pakistan should be on guard against is that a punitive strike against Pakistan may be seen by a desperate government in India as a way to ease the pressure for revival of confrontationist policies from hawks in its political and military establishments. This danger can be warded off by skilful diplomacy. The only condition is that diplomats should begin to be recognised for their ability to defuse tensions and not for proficiency in blame games or point-scoring.

It is also time to realise that Pakistan should seek security less in the size of its arsenal and the strength of its defence personnel and more in the country’s economic stability, democratic consolidation and revival of the people’s allegiance to the state. Once this view is accepted by the defence high command it will become possible for it to wholeheartedly support, possibly lead, the government’s efforts to begin a new era of peace and cooperation with India. The time is ripe for this opening to the east, for at the moment there seems to be no difference between Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif on the urgency of good, fruitful ties with India.


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Comments (61) Closed




Dhanus
Jan 24, 2013 09:10am
People of oth sides did not hail the liberal visa regime. It was only muslims who wanted to meet their families on tyhe other side of the border hailed it, and these muslims were the ones who stayed back even after they got pakistan and bangladesh, to create more trouble. And wy are Pakistanis so intrested for the sports, arts and cultural exchanges. May be you should put your house in order before you folks take on these missions.
dinesh
Jan 25, 2013 11:48pm
Khalid Bhai what you wrote at the bottom... ....."Pakistan to stop these terrorists......". should have been made the top most point.....Then it may work.
Anoop
Jan 24, 2013 08:47am
Nice article. Nicely managed semantics without making it sound like capitulation to India. But, a deeper look will suggest the same. The good thing is its the obvious thing to do. Pakistan cannot fight India in anyway. It can't even afford to keep things on the boil with India. It HAS to patch up with it. Its the obvious thing. Congratulations, this article lays out what is obvious. Its a rarity in Pakistan when it comes to India.
P.Mishra
Jan 24, 2013 08:51am
Sir, When India has punitive strike against Pakistan without being provoked or attaked? It is the imaginary fear of India created by your establishment to their benifit.
Ganesh (India)
Jan 24, 2013 11:51am
Pretty much balanced article from the author. One thing I always notice in most of Pakistani author's now a days is they are trying to bracket both India and Pakistan in same bracket especially in negetive aspects ex. "Islamabad and New Delhi both should be aware of the challenges they face from anti-democratic and anti-secular forces" "need for India and Pakistan to avoid doing or tolerating anything in their respective lands" etc etc... This type of narrative is self defeating for Pakistan in the long run. Fact of the matter is there is immense anger in common Indian people against Pakistan.
farhaz
Jan 24, 2013 11:42am
Well said!
NASAH (USA)
Jan 24, 2013 12:29pm
My question has the professional Indian army done the same? If they have done the same thing in the past to the Pakistani soldiers -- then why the hysteria? Accept the fact BOTH armies are involved in disgustingly unprofessional barbaric acts. Need to revamp army's code of conduct on both sides of the divide according to Geneva Convention -- if you are unquestioningly sure the militants are not involved.
Cyrus Howell
Jan 25, 2013 02:49pm
Right. That's why Pakistan has barely one cinema standing. You are talking about the Neo Colonialist, Powdered Wig, Hip Hop sports car enthusiasts on both sides of the border and in England with their electric sitars. You are not talking about the masses.
Oracle
Jan 24, 2013 03:59am
Quote "The impossibility of forcing India to yield ground under the pressure of arms should have been accepted by now by commanders and footmen alike. Likewise Pakistan should have no fears of being destroyed by the Indian military. The time for such scenarios has passed." unquote. Time for Pakistan to rethink priorities. 1. Establish rule of law. 2. Smash Terrorist organisations (now) ! 3. Spend less on Army (still have smart armed forces) and more on education.4.3. Educate, Educate, Educate (right education - not hate education). Within 10 years Pakistan should be a flourishing, vibrant, democratic, country !!
pushkar kaul
Jan 24, 2013 04:27am
A really thoughtful article. How I wish there were more people especially of the vernacular media in both countries fully subscribing to the view expressed by the author.
Dharmaraj
Jan 24, 2013 04:39am
Mahatma Gandhi - "An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind."
Rahul
Jan 24, 2013 04:47am
Very well thought out article. I completely agree with the writers analysis. Hopefully politicians in both countries think the same. This is the only way forward for betterment of both countries.
Mazo
Jan 24, 2013 05:28am
Shiv Sena may be communal but they are hardly "anti-democratic" . Further, though the most vociferous and provocative agents of this latest outrage were the communal parties, it hardly implies that the rest of the body politic was apathetic to beheading of Indian soldiers at the LoC. Even a cursory examination of the commentary from indian main stream media should establish quite unequivocally how peeved the average Indian was to learn about the savagery at the border. The incident brought out a decidedly "nationalistic" reaction to the incidents and thought Shiv Sena represent communal forces, their ideology makes them overtly hyper-nationalistic and not merely communal. Finally, even NAK Browne, the Indian Air Marshal and Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff - a Christian man, was quite explicit in his condemnation of the event on the LoC.
amit
Jan 24, 2013 05:42am
nice and practical article as per today scenario for Pakistan and good for India. Hope these get implement rather then only talking. As India has bad experience with pakistan about their promises to us and to the world.
K G Surendran
Jan 24, 2013 06:01am
We have to live responsibly as neighbors as enmity and hatred will get us nowhere. For the larger good of people friendship is important so that there is more economic activity. There is no doubt the problems on the Pakistani side are more and challenges internally far more but stronger democratic traditions taking root on that side should lead to peaceful borders in the years to come.
Mr.T
Jan 24, 2013 06:09am
Why does the pakistani artists want to perform in India?? When was the last time when any Indian singer or musician performed in Pakistan
Irshad Ahmed Kagzi
Jan 24, 2013 06:11am
Pakistan and India have many reservations through out peace process, but they didn't reached any peace accord due to lake of seriousness and sincerity. Both country are only peace but not implement.
Shubs
Jan 24, 2013 06:20am
Sensible article, which I agree with for the most part. But I have reservations about the following opinion: "the fact that exploiters of common people?s religious sentiments on both sides derive strength from each other?s antics is now widely known. " As an Indian, I find it extraordinary that most Pakistanis see the India Pakistan conflict as religious. MOST Indians do not have negative perceptions about Pakistanis because they are Muslims, but because of their very very sour experience with the Pakistani state, its militarism, its juvenile obsession with aggressive and petulant geopolitical games. There is a loony communal fringe in India. The Shiv Sena, always a bogeyman in these columns, is a fringe organization within one single state of India, with scarecely any popular or political constituency outside Maharashtra. Most of its time is consumed by vitriol against fellow Indians, Biharis, Tamilians. Are they loud? Yes. Do they have any clout? Sadly, no. They couldn't even arm-twist their own state government to allow construction of a public memorial for their late leader. Compare this to the widespread support that hardline Islamic militant organizations have within Pakistan, many of whom are designated as terrorist organizations by scores of world governments and world bodies. Their capacity to pressurize the government of Pakistan, the Pakistani armed forces, to mould public opinion, to raise money, to work as parallel governments, is scary not only for Pakistan, and for India as well. So, while the India Pakistan conflict has always been seen as a Muslim-Hindu conflict in Pakistan (as expected in a country which was based on this theory), the view from India is not the same. And this is especially true of today's generation. To give a simple example, whenever a conflict breaks out with Pakistan, you will hear people say "what else can one expect from Pakistan", NOT "what else can one expect from Muslims". I dare say the narrative in Pakistan is just the opposite.
NASAH (USA)
Jan 24, 2013 12:48pm
"PREOCCUPATION with domestic issues over the past few weeks should not have prevented Pakistan?s policymakers and informed sections of society from taking note of the dangerous events along the Line of Control in Kashmir." Rehman Sahib -- if I beg to differ -- it may not be due to the preoccupation with domestic issues -- it is because of the ceding of the civilian control and supervision of the two armies by Islamabad and Delhi that is probably the real cause. One can understand the historical problem of poor civilian monitoring of the army in Pakistan -- but a similar situation in a democratic civilian ruled in India is simply amazing. The two armies are operating on both sides of the divide on their own -- as almost quasi-independent states within states -- may be independent of even their own GHQs. Who knows.
ashraf muneem
Jan 24, 2013 12:47pm
True. But your society needs to stay in guard.
ashraf muneem
Jan 24, 2013 12:46pm
This is not smart society any longer. Hate has seeped into the core of our society.
Siddharth
Jan 24, 2013 06:41am
Indian here. Well written article, direct and informative. Need media as forthright as this in India as well.
vjaiswal35
Jan 24, 2013 06:59am
I totally agree with the writer. However his views about "change of perception" by Pakistan Army is not convincing. I feel in the present case the Pakistan army has played a dual advantage game. They are desperately looking to disengage from war on Af front and any escalation on Indian borders will provide them an excuse with the Americans. Secondly WE in India are still not convinced that Pakistan Army wants any civil Government in Pakistan to succeed or settle. This incident as expected by the Army has destroyed to a great extent the improving relations as initiated by both Governments.
Mahesh
Jan 24, 2013 07:22am
It is indeed heartening to hear a very honest and balanced assessment of India - Pakistan relationship. As long as Pakistant has such people airing such views and the people in authroity recognise such views, there is vast scope for improving Inida - Pakistant relationship.
Cyrus Howell
Jan 25, 2013 01:49pm
"Responsible people on both sides of the border should raise their voice and speak loudly..." Waste of breathe. Islamabad has missed the boat.
Shankar from India
Jan 24, 2013 10:33am
Very balanced article!
Ganesh J
Jan 24, 2013 10:38am
I hope Mr. Rehman realizes that when the new chief of Shiv Sena announces restrictions on the Paki hockey team or the ladies cricket team, there indeed exists a groundswell of support for his exhortations. People in India are, to put it frankly, completely disgusted and tired of Pakistan. To tell you the truth, we have enough artists (too many of them infact), too many cricketers (again, too many of them) of our own. We have no desire to really engage with Pakistan on any friendly basis (or hostile basis either). This people to people contact nonsense is probably restricted to nostalgia that is shared by a fading generation in India that crossed over after the partition (our mealy mouthed PM is one of them), or some split families. In any case, this nostalgia is restricted to the North of Delhi. The rest of India below Delhi is completely disinterested in Pakistan. We feel no desire to engage (either in friend ship or in hostilities) with Pakistan. You live your life we will live ours. Most Indians want to be left alone. Pakistan unfortunately wants a bear hug (on its own terms!) with India, and most of the time it will keep needling us. Leave us alone! Indians really don't consider Pakistan any more special than its other South east asian neighbors (Sri Lanka, Nepal, ...) , and so lets keep our diplomatic connections. All these busybodies like Aman ki Asha will bring nothing but Nirasha (disappointment).
Rashid Sultan
Jan 24, 2013 10:53am
Extremists, especially those espousing religion as the basis of their extremism have been given the nod by the silent level headed majority by their inaction to root out these people who claim more piety than the rest of the society. They are tacitly supported for political and strategic gains by the powers that be. But, as it has proven in the past, these monsters will turn around and bite their very supporters if the powers get in their way. Beheading the monsters is a problem any civilian government has in asymmetric war.
ashraf muneem
Jan 24, 2013 12:41pm
True.
dr vimal raina
Jan 24, 2013 12:38pm
In fact just recently, Kailash Kher performed in Pakistan, if I am not mistaken.
Akram
Jan 24, 2013 02:19pm
Thats because there is a much bigger audience in India. However,there is nothing to stop Indian artists from coming here should they want. They are very much appreciated here.
Ahmed Sultan (India)
Jan 25, 2013 04:38pm
good one
sures
Jan 24, 2013 02:49pm
Whatever be a nice article to justify balanced, but it is not worth . The parctical reason between india-pak relation is " Pak does not respect India as a big brother- country , and against that India does not care of Pak , nor giving any importance , thinking that it is mess country
Rao
Jan 24, 2013 03:54pm
Well written article....Peace will be possible if politicians & administrators think on the same lines.
suneal
Jan 24, 2013 04:40pm
Appreciate the balance and honesty.
Murthy
Jan 24, 2013 04:52pm
Pakistan is an Islamic country and has no intention of taking any action against its religious bigots. But it thinks it has got the right to find fault with the 'secular' and 'democratic' country and terms Indian nationalists who support their army 'communal'. Howzat?
Avik Ray
Jan 24, 2013 04:59pm
Because acceptance by the Indians/ larger Indian market/movie industry etc is cherished by many Pakistani artists. Not unusual, as Indians are culturally linked with pakistanis in a way no other country is.
Kumar
Jan 24, 2013 05:38pm
Every relationship is based on win-win situation for every partner. But in Indo-Pak relationship there is no gain for India. Indian team has not visited pakistan but still its board is richest one. Indian cinema is much better than pakistan one or in any area whether its technology or agriculture Indians are much better than pakistani. Then why India will want to have a good relationship with a country with whom it has fought 3-4 wars..
deo
Jan 24, 2013 05:49pm
Very well said. Responsible people on both sides of the border should raise their voice and speak loudly on the need to maintain peace along the border. A properous and stable India/Pakistan is in the best interest of both the countries. I hope that on both sides of the border logic and reasoning will prevail. However, this to hapen, more Indians and Pakistanis must raise their voice against political parties that propogate hatered among nations/religion/people.
Pankaj Patel(USA)
Jan 24, 2013 06:07pm
I agree but in the Pakistani environment this is maximum you get.This author has far more balanced article in a Pakistani news paper and he needs to balance both sides so please give him a break.Pakistan is not a liberal,secular and mature democracy as the author has already said.
Rocky
Jan 24, 2013 06:18pm
A lot of reaction in India after beheading at LOC. however, that one lousy MFN to India has still not been ratified by Pak.
sraz45
Jan 24, 2013 07:37pm
Very well put, except for a few erstwhile comments about "geopolitical games," Sir the fact is if Kashmir was not an issue, as at partition it was supposed to be part of Pakistan, remember that the division was based population, only the maharaja was Hindu, like in Hyderabad the Nizam was Muslim and his state was majority Hindu. So the problem arose when the Kashmiri raja being a Hindu opted for India, would you have let Hyderbad go to Pakistan? no. There lies the problem. It will remain so till it is settled amicably, not like what you folks did by creating Bangladesh in mughti bani garb. All the blame went to Pakistan for mistreating its own people,however that is not entirely true. How do you expect Pakistan to trust India when India is constantly planning to destroy Pakistan? You tested the bomb in 1974, do you think Pakistan would not follow for its very survival? Pakistan is a much smaller country in all respects Pakistani are proud to be of the sub continent, they admire Indian prowess in many fields, India's ancient culture, yet they want to be Pakistanis. Please go and visit Pakistan you will see the hospitality that any Indian visitor receives there. Coexistence does not mean domination just because you are larger. Equatable relations are needed, past issues solved and both can reap an abundance of good from that. Please don't say the religious parties in India do not extract their fair share exploiting and terrorizing Muslims, Gujraet, Ayodha, Samjhouta express, 60,000 killed and a lot buried in mass graves in Kashmir, BJP is involved there in terror activities. Yes I know India is a great country, but please do not deny the facts.
Mayank
Jan 24, 2013 07:47pm
"People on both sides had hailed the new system as the culmination of years of campaigning by human rights activists on both sides." really? do the comments to such report make it seem that way? none of us Indians want anything to do with Pakistan, we are certain how opening visa regime would ensure nothing but terrorism and illegal immigration.
Mayank
Jan 24, 2013 07:57pm
Not really, an eye for an eye would leave each side blind in one eye.. but that would give a firm warning to the other side not to go for the other eye
Khalid
Jan 24, 2013 08:24pm
I believe whatever has happened at the LOC recently was very unfortunate. However, both countries need to investigate what caused it and put processes in place making sure it doesn't happen again and move forward with some real progress. People on both sides would like both countries to come closer. It is about time too. I would love to see the following: 1) Students from Pakistan to be allowed to get admissions into the most prestigious educational institutions such as IITs and IIMs on merit basis. Why do Pakistani students have to go to USA, UK when good education is available right next door. 2) Allow all businesses (in both countries) to freely trade with each other. 3) Allow Indian IT companies to open up offices in Pakistan and give them incentives such as tax holidays for 10 years. 4) Fast track visas for business people on both sides. What is also very important for Pakistan is to stop these terrorists who are running amok all over Pakistan. Can we really not control them?.
ram
Jan 24, 2013 10:40pm
One wants WIN only....other agree even for Tie. Only Muscles will decide some day....may be next 60 yrs of dialogue
ram
Jan 24, 2013 10:42pm
WHY so many NRI? Livelihood....
ram
Jan 24, 2013 10:44pm
Blind already....ask poorers 70% at both sides
ram
Jan 24, 2013 10:46pm
Just ask US....how much arms India bought from Russia. They have correct figures.
V. C. Bhutani
Jan 24, 2013 11:14pm
This paper makes several points which are laudable. It also says several things which are downright nonsensical. For instance, there is no recognition of the fact that much of the difficulty between India and Pakistan arises from the fact that Pakistan is professedly based on Islam, a fact even enshrined in its constitution. In Pakistan there is no dearth of people determined to remind the world that in South Asia it is a contest between the forces of Islam and forces other than Islam. The paper shows no recognition of this fundamental factor. In this day and age it is anachronistic to even hope that a State can prosper by being devoted to a religion - any one religion. Jinnah had a point but his successors chose to ignore that point. The paper talks about the secular factor but its is rather muddle headed in pretending that in both countries secular forces are in the ascendant. Communal forces in both countries feed on each other's antics. But the secular factor is entirely an Indian factor: the secular factor does not exist in Pakistan. Then, the paper has an admirable recognition of the fact, though not said in these words, that in India there is no school of thought which wants to work for India's military conquest of Pakistan. Quite to the contrary, no one in India thinks about even a short-term invasion of Pakistan. War does not solve any problem. At the end of a war the belligerents still have to sit down and sort things out. So, why not sort things out without fighting a war? The author should have remembered that in the wide world no one accuses India of starting any of the wars that Pakistan fought with India since Independence. And yet the paper talks in neutral terms as if the two were equally responsible for past wars. They were not: the responsibility for past wars rests solely with Pakistan, as will responsibility for any future war. India does not need to start a war with Pakistan for any objective. India's stability is not threatened by anything that Pakistan may do. V. C. Bhutani, Delhi, India, 25 Jan 2013, 0445 IST
abbastoronto
Jan 25, 2013 01:38am
A good read.
Afool
Jan 25, 2013 01:44am
PhD in English ?
chump
Jan 25, 2013 02:18am
''Prime Minister Manmohan Singh?s declaration that bilateral relations had considerably deteriorated.'' He is seen as a MUTE politician. He spoke just because of upcoming election. He is not able to threat Pakistan or anyone.
kiran
Jan 25, 2013 03:00am
your letter correctly identified every issue you have pointed out.
Different View
Jan 25, 2013 03:00am
Thank you for a very sensible article. But keep in mind the need for improved ties is more urgent for Pakistan than for India. India has moved on working on better ties with its neighbors. And it has achieved a lot within last few years. India has deeper and meaningful ties with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, China, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan. Indian foreign policy broaden their scope. On the other hand Pakistan lost so many opportunities to develop mature ties with the US, the Nato, along with its neighbors. Deeper ties with the US would have lifted this country so much, had Pakistani Army had any vision. It would have opened so many doors for them. Unfortunately, Pakistan missed all the opportunities and isolated itself so much so that now they lack any significance in the World politics. I really pity Hina Rabbani Khar. She knows all this, but can't do much because of Pakistan Army which is the real in charge of the Pakistani foreign relations. Let's see what Pakistan can achieve. We are watching you!
Anush Singh
Jan 25, 2013 03:28am
Shubs: Agree with you 100% bro. Pakistanis have to realize that India has more muslims than Pakistan. And our muslims are a lot more successful and happy. Examples will be Azim Premji, Shahrukh, Salman, Amir, Saif, and many many more. And not to forget our hero Abdul Kalam. So my 2 cents to the Pakistani brothers would be to do some soul searching and find their groove. Otherwise they will deny one or more generations of the world and themselves a chance at peace and happiness. And who knows if the judgement day is like the Mayan Calendar deal which may never come to pass. So they would have wasted their lives in vain hoping for the virgins that never were. Anush
Anush Singh
Jan 25, 2013 03:31am
Mazo: Any sensible human should condemn such barbaric acts. Such things do not belong in the 21st century. But unfortunately Allah forgot to clean his workshop and let some pre-historic beats on the loose. And unfortunately, these bearded dragons do not understand love, peace and civility. Coz they are pre-historic. Hope Allah saves the world from these beasts and their masters. Anush
Cyrus Howell
Jan 25, 2013 02:20pm
"The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls, in tenement halls, and in the sounds of silence."
Cyrus Howell
Jan 25, 2013 02:17pm
The hockey and cricket diplomacy is a lame cover up for real time problems.
Ganesh (India)
Jan 25, 2013 08:24am
Pretty much balanced article from the author. One thing I always notice in most of Pakistani author?s now a days is they are trying to bracket both India and Pakistan in same bracket especially in negetive aspects ex. ?Islamabad and New Delhi both should be aware of the challenges they face from anti-democratic and anti-secular forces? ?need for India and Pakistan to avoid doing or tolerating anything in their respective lands? etc etc? This type of narrative is self defeating for Pakistan in the long run. Fact of the matter is there is immense anger in common Indian people against Pakistan.
Cyrus Howell
Jan 25, 2013 02:07pm
"immense". immense anger. Do we get that? There is also immense anger in the United States, and both countries have to listen to Hina Rabbani Khar tell us the same lies that have been fed to Pakistan's helpless and hopeless.