JUST six months after independence, in a pictorial write-up on Pakistan, America’s Life magazine noted that the newly born nation of 70 million desperately needed India’s capital and industrial know-how to “supplement its faith in Allah and the leadership of an ailing Jinnah”.

It has taken us six decades to pay heed to that advice. The belligerent past, however, keeps haunting us as the population of the country grows faster than in most countries. At the same time, scarce capital and skills flee the country to more profitable avenues abroad, including to Pakistan’s former less-developed half.

At independence Pakistan’s eastern wing had more people than the four western provinces put together. The population of Bangladesh now is 161 million against Pakistan’s over 180 million. The myth of Bengalis’ population growing rapidly thus stands exploded.

The threat to Pakistan’s survival, Life noted in its issue of January 1948, arose from religious warfare and political instability. That threat led to discontent and the ultimate separation of East Pakistan; the memory still haunts us, though less menacingly, in relation to what is left of the country, particularly Balochistan.

Given that the grievances in the case of East Pakistan and Balochistan are similar in essence, national thinking and state policy need to be recast to forestall yet another catastrophe. That Balochistan is contiguous and sparsely populated should not be cause for complacency. The question today is no longer of military conquest but of convincing the people that their security and prosperity lies in a unified Pakistan and not in a series of fiefdoms.

Religious violence and political instability accompanied the birth of Pakistan once the Muslim League, left with no other choice but to take it or leave it, agreed to the partition of Punjab, Bengal and Assam.

The partition of the three provinces weakened the secular forces and fostered schisms in a predominantly Muslim population. Under a divided and dithering political leadership, the civil servants and later the generals became the arbiters in a situation of recurring instability and violence.

In the 1953 riots, the army had to be invited to intervene when the civil administration could not control the violence. In the course of time the politicians became divided and civil servants were weakened by ill-conceived reforms and politicisation, and the control of state policy effectively passed into the hands of the armed forces.

The elections, lacking credibility, did not materially change that reality nor will the ones now coming up because the factors that gave rise to religious violence and political instability persist while evolving events suggest that they may even be aggravated. There should be no delusions about it.

Pakistan shares its unrest and uncertainty with Afghanistan and to a lesser extent with the Central Asian Republics and Iran, with whom it has little in common except religion, which is more divisive and a source of greater violence in Pakistan than in its north-western neighbours.

It will not be possible to effect any change in the political and economic direction of Pakistan so long as the country remains embroiled in the conflicts of its neighbours. The answer lies in a fundamental policy shift by promoting cultural and trade links with India. Both would come naturally and easily.

Pakistan’s cultural and linguistic links with India are rooted in history and the trade routes are diverse and economical. Communal frenzy caused by partition is over and the wounds have healed. The Muslims of India as a community remain backward but, perhaps, suffer much less discrimination and violence than the minority communities do in Pakistan.

Economically, India is growing faster than Pakistan and, unlike Pakistan, has never been ruled by generals. A ready measure of the strength of the Indian economy, besides its faster growth, is the value of its rupee. Two Pakistani rupees now buy one Indian rupee. Not long ago both were at par.

Apart from the benefit of trade, firmly rooted democracy and a secular tradition, the dream of an armed confrontation to wrest Kashmir stands buried for ever.

To quote from The Economist, “India is poised to become one of the four largest powers in the world by the end of the decade”. It has been the world’s largest importer of weapons for five years. The option of jihad no longer exists. Free communication and trade is the answer.

That is what the people want and army chief Gen Kayani has only endorsed it by a declaration that internal terrorism is a greater danger to Pakistan than India. The terrorism must abate with the eastern borders opened. If public opinion is hard to gauge, the call of the general is clear.

The writer is a former civil servant.

kunwaridris@hotmail.com

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Comments (94)

BRR
April 6, 2013 3:42 am
People brought up to hate India will never reconcile with it. A country created because it is "not Hindu" and "not India" will not end its hatred of hindus. The writer may be right but what he calls for will not happen.
Gursharan
April 6, 2013 3:48 am
Hatred and fear is driving these two countries. Not much can be done in near future as Pak Schools teach hatred towards Hindus and Hindu parties teach hatred towards Muslims. With this much hatred, things will come again to Zero starting point again and again. Remove hatred and you will feel like human *( Now, you are only Hindu or Muslim), crossing borders like they are just controlling mechanism, nothing more.
a.k.lal
April 6, 2013 4:16 am
sanity is the victim when religious fanatics takes over.India is not competing with anyone least of all pakistan.India is fighting against illiteracy,poverty,crime against women,caste system and many such things.sad that pakistanis don,t know who their enemies are.Kayani is a liar or else he would have reduced defense budget by 90% and given money for social upliftment
Silajit
April 6, 2013 4:24 am
If this comes to pass, that will itself be the game changer of the century. India would be thrilled to divert arms purchases towards education. The next question is how far is the state of Pakistan willing to go to rein in jihadist organizations that want to kill their neighbor's citizens. Because unless there is seriousness there, India is bound to be worried about interaction with the "wrong kind" of Pakistanis and the relationship will never take off.
Gaj
April 6, 2013 4:31 am
Nice article. As an Indian living in a free and growing India I support the writer but will the religious fanatics listen?
Man Mohan
April 6, 2013 4:35 am
Brilliant analysis. Pakistan and Pakistanis as a nation must grow up and must learn to live with the rest of the world. The delusional painting everybody else as imginary friend or foe has cost it dearly. In sum Pakistan should take steps to avoid being used by others be it the USA or Chnia or OIC. If Pakistanis and Pakistan see the world without the blinkers. The future is very very bright not just for Pakistan but about 2 billion people in S.Asia.
Aldo
April 6, 2013 4:45 am
Well said!
Balram Sharma
April 6, 2013 4:53 am
I like the article. Pakistan really needs people like Kunwar Idris who call a spade a spade.India will always welcome Pakistan businessmen as long as businessmen come, not people like Kasab. Faith is a bilateral thing, has to be ensured from both sides.
sfomann
April 6, 2013 5:19 am
We must find a way to reconcile our differences with India, and live like a two friendly neighbors. No hatred, no disputes and defiantly no wars. This is the only way forward now
Indian
April 6, 2013 5:23 am
Good article by former Pakistani civil servant.. hats off you sir... As an Indian I Love to read Dawn.. 5 decades back European countries fought each other, but now they are under one single umbrella called European Union.. Hope too see our SAARC countries too come over from Terrorism,Poverty,illteracy...one day our south Asia will become paradise of earth...
Nasurallah Khan
April 6, 2013 5:37 am
Why has it taken us so long to realize this simple common sense approach to our progress?
truthseeker
April 6, 2013 5:39 am
you are a .00000000001 % of population minority
Narayan
April 6, 2013 5:41 am
Very sensible article. I know we are same people despite our troubled recent past. It is better for people to leave religion to the personal life. If India and Pakistan trade freely and if there is a lasting peace, our region will give serious challenge to any region in the world.
Rani Sharma
April 6, 2013 5:44 am
Pakistan can first start the aid process by resettling all Muslims currently in India in Pakistan where they will be happy being part of the Arabic/Islamic ummah to which they have always aspired. During the movement for Pakistan it was the Muslims in what is now India that fought the hardest and most passionately for the break-up of India. It is now time that we all help these Muslims to migrate to their promised land.
uchak
April 6, 2013 6:00 am
Just a small point. It would in no way change anything in the article though. You said theBangaldeshi population growth rate is lesser than the Pakistani. A large number of the Bangladeshis went to India. In Pakistan, a large number of Afghans came in. so both emigration in 1 country and immigration in another would add up to the gap which is showing.
Taliban hater
April 6, 2013 6:02 am
Idris, what exactly are you trying to say? Pakistan and India are thousands miles apart in trust. Pakistan really needs to focus on the primary issues and should not worry about Indian problem. Indeed India needs Pakistan as much Pakistan needs India. India can not access the Afghan or Central Asian markets without Pakistan.
fastkalu
April 6, 2013 6:05 am
good one, but we believe in religion but not fanatic, but Pakistanis always try to bring religion in every thing. They bring religion in every thing education, politics, trade. Which is not in our system. Our educations system is secular but there is Islamic and full of hate for others.
deepu
April 6, 2013 6:09 am
Music to the ears of readers from across the border, not because of the pleasantries hurled by the author but to know there are people still around who think positively. As usual, hats off to DAWN for not ruining your reputation, best of luck guyz!
Sradhanand From Mauritius
April 6, 2013 6:23 am
It would be so great for people like me, of Indian origin and having left Indian subcontinent for two centuries now,to see India, Pakistan and Bangla Desh cooperate and prosper
Rao
April 6, 2013 6:25 am
Sooner Pakistanis realize that it will be better for the whole sub-continent
Qureshi
April 6, 2013 6:27 am
Good article, finally some Pakistani are seeing sense. The problem is all Pakistanis are converts who converted during Mughal rule. They left their roots to adopt another religion and have lst a lot. The easiest way to ensure survival and progress is to leave Islam. This is the religion of another culture another region. Even the Arabs hate pskistani muslims
Feroz
April 6, 2013 6:31 am
There are too many free loaders whose income and vocation will be affected if Pakistan decides to follow a policy of friendship with neighbors. Their lives thrive on hate. What will happen to the Jihadi assets if the infrastructure of Terrorism is dismantled ? Any answers ?
Shyam
April 6, 2013 6:35 am
Mr Idris has captured the issues confronting a hopeful nation with hopeless strategy. Even if the newly elected government in Pakistan picks any five lines from this blog and converts them into action areas, one would see a better Pakistan. Lastly I fully agree with him when he says that cultural and trade links with India come very naturally and easily. As an Indian, I would like to see a friendly and prosperous Pakistan!
R K Jain
April 6, 2013 6:38 am
If more people, especially political leaders and army generals could understand and appreciate that India is not enemy and two neighbors can prosper by true cooperation to complement each other with each others strengths. I yearn for that day when the borders between the two countries will become like borders between USA and Canada.
kvrr
April 6, 2013 6:49 am
Nice one.
muzammil ullah khan
April 6, 2013 7:04 am
friendship with india would remain a pipe dream because no matter how sincerely pakistan tries the hatred for pakistan in india will override any such attempts . the indian media also tries its hardest to incite animosity and hatred . we should try to build ourselves by getting rid of the corrupt .
Ashish
April 6, 2013 7:20 am
Why do such humane thinking for some people arise only when they are at the losing end? Does that indicate that they are inhumane at the core? Or that they are done with extermination of minorities at home, and are now looking for foreign sources to quench their thirst? Can someone shed some light on what might have happened if Pakistan were not to have been an economic disaster?
K G Surendran
April 6, 2013 7:35 am
The future is in friendship not hatred and animosity, more so for Pakistan considering its present political and economic situation.
Kamal Gupta
April 6, 2013 7:45 am
And it finally needs an army Generals"s approval. What a situation has Pak dragged itself into.
Rajesh
April 6, 2013 7:48 am
Animosity and hatred come out of sponsored terrorism Mr.Khan. In future also India will be cautious when dealing with Pakistan. But, with an end to terrorist support, the countries could start trade with mutual benefit
Ram Krishan Sharma
April 6, 2013 8:09 am
First of all amend all your primary school text books which teach hatred towards Hindus to school children. Second , tell your religious teachers not to preach hatred towards non- muslims in their Friday sermons. Third , read the preislamic history of India and you will find that most of the mountains and rivers of Pakistan are sacred to Hindus and at that time we were one people. India will never invade Pakistan.
Pavas Ambashta
April 6, 2013 8:20 am
Yeah..We Indian still remember how sincerely Pakistan tried to make friendship with India in 1999 by waging Kargil War ,in 2001 by supporting attack on Indian Parliament and in 2008 by staging Mumbai Carnage.. A little introspection will help Pakistan a lot!!
with
April 6, 2013 8:32 am
Dear MUK, It's actually the other way round,
Dilip
April 6, 2013 9:28 am
Well said and well intentioned, BUT... WHICH planet is the author living on???
Sranan
April 6, 2013 9:29 am
....Johnny coming to the party late, I suppose. The time is running out on Pakistan because the tolerant people of India are going intolerant. I mean the actions of few undesirables in Pakistan by encouraging terror and terrorists in India is pushing the so called silent majority to go intolerant. Before it is too late, Pakistan truly need to reflect and probe inwards as to what it wants for itself and of others.
Krish Chennai
April 6, 2013 9:30 am
Some leading Pakistani businessmen who were interviewed when visiting Chennai, had suggested that even though the security situation in Pakistan keeps most Western visitors off, and hotel rooms largely empty, the Indians would still come in droves, because of the cultural links. It is for Pakistan to take the bold step of bringing in visa on arrival for Indians, and India would be follow soon enough out of embarrassment. Especially with the exchange rate of the two currencies as mentioned in the article, sales of products and services in Pakistan would get an instant boost. One could witness a transformation within a year. Is anyone listening ?
Neptune Srimal
April 6, 2013 9:40 am
look at the posts here. all the Indians want friendship and almost all the Pakistanis, including you, are against. who has hatred for whom?
Zubair Khan
April 6, 2013 9:59 am
"That is what the people want and army chief Gen Kayani has only endorsed it by a declaration that internal terrorism is a greater danger to Pakistan than India. The terrorism must abate with the eastern borders opened. If public opinion is hard to gauge, the call of the general is clear" Opinion if not supported with deeds loses its weight. Mindset of army is still anti India and no hope of change in near future.
maverick
April 6, 2013 10:16 am
Try and build Pakistan, do whatever feasible for your prosperity or go the Taliban way, your country your choice, just do one more thing forget us , forget India. Let not India and the subcontinent exist in the recollection of Pakistanis.We neither want your hatred nor your love, just look north or west and turn away from us.Just plain ignore us, we shall be ever beholden to the Pakistani nation if you could do just this much.
Kanu Mistry
April 6, 2013 10:28 am
Do not take Indian media seriously. Even we do not take them seriously.
Dr Hemant Junnarkar
April 6, 2013 10:29 am
Congratulations to Dawn for publishing a realistic article! Hatred between two regions was never the need of the history and never will be. Indians do not hate Pakistan. As an Indian, I have curiosity about Pakistan and would like to see Pakistan once. Had it not been for Jinnah, I would have been visiting Pakistan as easily as I can visit any part of India. Muslims would have had more say in Indian Parliament and the world would have looked in astonishment with the mighty superpower. Friendship between both the countries is not difficult and will promote economic interests of both the countries.
indian
April 6, 2013 11:01 am
True Feroz. As someone had said these gun weilding elements will not become farmers even if we suppose India and Pakistan resolve all issues and become friends
Sunder Lal Dua
April 6, 2013 11:13 am
I appreciate the sentiments expressed by the writer. At the same time, he seems to be suggesting to Pakistan about making human colonies on Mars. About Mars, someone had suggested a 1000 years' plan to create oxygen containing atmosphere on Mars, first.
krishnan
April 6, 2013 11:21 am
MU Saab, i dont agree, there are still lots of sane individuals in India who dont beleive the media and want friendly neighbours in pakistan
Sam
April 6, 2013 11:30 am
The did not give any reason , why India should accept to have trade link with Pakistan.
Anwar Ul-Haq
April 6, 2013 12:00 pm
Whilst I agree to a certain extent with the writer, as they say it takes two to tango. Indian policy towards Pakistan is far more aggresive the Pakistan's towards India. Furthermore, reading the comments of most of the Hindus below, I don't think I want to be friends with any of them let alone their nation.
ROHIT PANDEY
April 6, 2013 1:47 pm
I understand that the candidates for the upcoming elections in Pakistan are being quizzed on the Koran... I think they should be made to read some basic Economics,International Trade,Secularism and quizzed on these subjects...nothing heavy..just the basics? My two cents!!!
Dr, Anupam Surey
April 6, 2013 2:02 pm
again we come to a question, does India need to be close with Pakistan? i think no, u cant invite a back stabbing nation in your house. the 3 wars are evidence for that, my advice.. keep it to yourself, don't promote cross-border terrorism. secondly about Muslim being now well off in India, the Indian Muslims are to be blamed for this..poor family planing, poor idea of education, has led them into this, but i see the condition vastly improving in India.
engr.abid
April 6, 2013 2:23 pm
good article.i enjoyed reading it.let our rulers take guidance from it
FArooq AShraf
April 6, 2013 2:31 pm
This article should have been written on 1st April instead of April 6.
FArooq AShraf
April 6, 2013 2:34 pm
check indian media please and compare it with pakistan's.
WiseIlliterate
April 6, 2013 2:38 pm
I don't think that's a good idea considering that Pakistan is not a secular state like Canada but a religious ideology based state with a society which is known to have issues related to religious radicalism.
Dipankar Sarkar
April 6, 2013 2:39 pm
You said it, Neptune. (four decades back, we had a common friend Sumitesh)
arvind
April 6, 2013 2:51 pm
Heartening to see this kind of article. We hope the above said thinking grows in subcontinent.
Chaman
April 6, 2013 3:04 pm
Friendship between the two nations and promotion of trade and tourism is not an option but a necessity that both countries must realize. Pakistan has to shun its policies of confrontation and hostility and it will find India a willing partner in promoting peace and prosperity. For God's sake why do we forget that we are same people who lived together for centuries. We share culture, language and food. I find lot less hostility amongst Indians towards Pakistan than Pakistanis nurture towards India. Time to change the mind set and set the process of normalization in motion. God bless both countries and that is my wish
Siyalkotia
April 6, 2013 3:26 pm
Exactly !
sri1ram
April 6, 2013 3:59 pm
As an Indian Hindu, I disagree with this rosy, idealistic picture here. Sardar Patel was absolutely right when he proposed the implementation of the partition of India acceding to Jinnah's wishes. There might have been an appearance of unity in a huge nation, but coalition governments would have been starkly on religious lines. Coups and army unrest, lack of cohesion and a lot of other issues would have cropped up due to the ambitions and superiority complex of a certain group of people now a super-minority at 35-45% of the population. And it would have been very very easy for superpowers to meddle into the internal affairs and politics of united India. Enough, our nations are each showing what we are capable of, so let us both go our separate ways as was pre-ordained or by divine provenance.
pathanoo
April 6, 2013 4:04 pm
Dilip, You need to dream first. then only any thing happens. If we as humans had stopped dreaming we would still be walking on our knuckles.
pathanoo
April 6, 2013 4:09 pm
Don't be so sure, BRR
pathanoo
April 6, 2013 4:18 pm
I wish Pakistan nothing but peace and prosperity. The fact is that it was created in fear, based on religious hatred, bigotry and exclusion; it will take a long time to change the mind set. But I do see a spark of light in the darkness of hatred. I believe the realization of it's folly and it's dilapidated condition will bring Pakistan to the right conclusion of no alternative but friendship and cooperation with India and it's other neighbors and moving away from this blind obeisance to religious bigotry. Author is to be commended for a honest and courageous article along with DAWN who publishes these kind of articles with regularity which are the only medicines of sanity in the conundrum of Pakistan.
Mahadevan
April 6, 2013 4:58 pm
It's a no-brainer.
Siyalkotia
April 6, 2013 5:03 pm
@ with We are allergic to being told the truth. We believe only what Mullah-Brigade says.
Masood Hussain
April 6, 2013 5:04 pm
Rare sane voice ,but no body to listen to.
Sandy
April 6, 2013 5:15 pm
We Indians like to communicate with Pakistani friends. That's why we use Dawn platform. Curiosity is tremendous. There will be more takers for friendship than hatred. People to people interaction must be encouraged. Minds should open first, borders will automatically follow. Creation of Pakistan is a reality and no point in discussing relevance of two nation theory anymore. We are different but that doesn't prevent us from going together. Good effort from author.
Pervez
April 6, 2013 5:33 pm
Unfortunately, I do agree with MUK. Friendship with India was and will be a pipe dream. The comments in India's papers against Pakistanis is an eye opener. Pakistan will be better off forgetting about India and stay focused on developing themselves. Pakistan has plenty of friends in the area to do trade and commerce.
Pervez
April 6, 2013 5:50 pm
Pakistan does want friendship with India , but it takes two to tango. I hope you got your answer.
Feroz
April 6, 2013 5:55 pm
Your comments light me with hope!
Imran
April 6, 2013 6:06 pm
Wish we could do that pal. History and geography don't allow it.
bhaiyagi
April 6, 2013 6:08 pm
Most Indians will love this article..... "akund Bharat" is still not dead..... this will be a step in the right direction fro them....
Alamgir
April 6, 2013 7:30 pm
Typical liberal write-up. There can be no peace with India till Kashmir problem is solved.
george
April 6, 2013 7:47 pm
It took sixty odd years for some Pakistani civil servants to realise that they need friendship. It will take another sixty odd years to realise that.In the mean time, I would request Pakistanis not to visit India. Go to saudi Arabia if you wish a visit.
Avtar
April 6, 2013 8:01 pm
Agree with Kunwar. Changing the territorial boundaries does not change the flow of rivers or trade routes. Trade still occurs but the benefits go to smugglers or crooks. Restrictions on free trade among all South Asian nations is important. If Afghan goods such as perishable fruits etc are not allowed to find markets in South Asia it will turn Afghans against Muslim Pakistan.
anil
April 6, 2013 9:08 pm
I appreciate your points , but I can't agree with you in some points . You pointed out backwardness of muslims in India . For some moment forget India and ask yourself, are muslims of Pakistan , country made for muslims by muslims, progressive ? A country of only muslims could have been a progressive nation as they are no opposing forces ,no opposing culture and no opposing mindset .But how can a society which is intolerant to others views and beliefs can progressive ? How can a society which is not open to other's ideas and confident of its own superiority can be progressive ? A society which believes in age old teachings without verifying its logical and scientific values can't be progressive .Same thing happens with Indian muslims , still muslim parents send their kids to Madrasa,teach their kids Arabic, Islamic organisation recruits muslim girls for koran studies when they should explore their mind in scientific world,sermons of a person becomes the universal truth for them .This thing holds true for all most all Islamic countries and societies of world , be it Bngladesh,Pakistan,Afghanistan,Iraq,Syria,Lebanon,Bosnia,Saudi Arabia,UK,USA,France etc. These are harsh truths , but digesting these truths are the only solution .
Zak
April 6, 2013 9:24 pm
Stop harping on about India, a country that has taken a conflict path since independence. Pakistan till the 1960s was way ahead of India. The poor leadership has brought us to this economic and political descent. The elections will change that as a new honest sincere party gets voted in. Pakistan needs nothing from India a country itself economically sliding downhill. Obviously the writer has not looked at the Indian debt, 4th largest in the world and buyer of arms on borrowed money. It's government bonds graded as ,junk status. India needs to show sincerety by allowing the Kashmiris their right of freedom. If it was not for Jinnah, RSS and BJP would be treating us as Kashmiris and Assamese.
Aniket
April 6, 2013 9:51 pm
Exactly! Aren't these the things which we have known since like, forever? We all know the problems. Stop reiterating the problems. Give solutions. Give ideas to solutions. Through business, art, language, etc. Business is the most important. factor, I believe. Give economic incentives to people to not get involved in all this violence and give economic incentives to people to find solutions, workarounds etc. Build creative mechanisms to keep those incentives running. Once you do that, you'll realize how easy it is to resolve any conflict.
Syed Haider
April 6, 2013 10:08 pm
A lot of socioeconomic indicators show that India is poorer than Pakistan, & the average Indian lives in far worse conditions than the average Pakistani. So how can India be an emerging superpower, and Pakistan a failed state?
Jalaluddin S. Hussain
April 6, 2013 11:29 pm
Kunwar Idris has effectively and rightly pleaded for friendship with India. It is really the need of the moment. However, it is important that willingness is first shown, on both sides, to resolve the Kashmir and river-water-sharing disputes.
umesh bhagwat
April 6, 2013 11:38 pm
good article!
Madan
April 6, 2013 11:59 pm
True but very briefly to the point.Friendship with India is the need of the hour,especially right after the impending elections in Pakistan.what have they achieved by not controlling the home grown terrorism?This kind of terrorism will raise its ugly head time and again. Pakistan Govt. and the military wing should lay their ruthless hand on that part of the Army which supports the Pakistani terrorists.Sixty years have gone by and Pakistan as a whole was not and is still not standing on firm footing.First it was Bangla desh and now Balochistan . First solve domestic problems and then extend your hand of friendship to India.I am sure India will be willing to welcome you with open arms.
battle0678
April 7, 2013 3:02 am
I think the writer needs to check history once again, Pakistan in 1960's was declared the role model for developing world by UN, South Korean economists used to visit Pakistan to learn about the economic plan, PIA was ranked 2nd best overall and by time magazine the best airline of the world. Pakistan was an extremely progressive and liberal society in 1960's..it wasn't an Islamic republic and it was under a dictator and was progressing economically ten folds as compared to India...it was the Soviet invasion and interference of Saudis and Americans that has resulted in a deterioration of law and order situation today otherwise everything was going good...one shouldn't over dramatize the situation in the article he/she writes just to get more comments.
Mansoor
April 7, 2013 4:10 am
I am all for friendly relations between India and Pakistan, it is about time these old cousins learn how to share the fruits of peace. If you want to understand the Pakistani internal compulsion read article by Nadeem Paracha in Dawn. M Khan
Richard Headson
April 7, 2013 5:30 am
Well , here we go ...look at the comments from the eastern side ..very positive and promising indeed. And ..its true the Idris guy actually lives on mars ..nice colleges over there !! Regards Richard Headson
Abid Mahmud Ansari Islamabad.
April 7, 2013 5:44 am
Dr.Hemant, you seem to have read a distorted version of history. It was not our Quaid,Jinnah,but Congress leaders,Gandhi,Nehru and Patel who are responsible for the creation of Pakistan,otherwise,Jinnah was secretary general of Congress and was proudly called by Indians,as "the ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity"for update of your knowledge of history, pl read carefully and with an open mind, Mr.Jaswant Singh's book on the subject.
Pradip
April 7, 2013 8:56 am
Dear Mr. Syed, If socio-economic conditions are the global benchmark than, Switzerland / Holland would have being superpowers of the world.
Parvez
April 7, 2013 10:35 am
..........will not happen.
ROHIT PANDEY
April 7, 2013 12:44 pm
Or Norway or Denmark or New Zealand.....actually,India fares better than Pakistan on socioeconomic indicators!
Bamboo@gmail.com
April 7, 2013 1:46 pm
it is a planet where illusion is called knowledge!
murtazarzai
April 7, 2013 2:06 pm
this mindset only give them oppurtunity to get higher defence budget allocation
Tariq K Sami
April 7, 2013 4:12 pm
Pakistan is the best guarantee of India's security. This is why Nehru accepted the partition.
Rajesh
April 7, 2013 4:50 pm
Rani - please do not talk about breaking up India. Our Muslim brethren are our assets
Siyalkotia
April 7, 2013 7:45 pm
Thank you.
Siyalkotia
April 7, 2013 7:58 pm
Sweet Dreams, my friend.
Achin S
April 7, 2013 8:57 pm
Pakistan has masterfully developed a terrible reputation all across the world.Muslims in India are more secular than their cousins in Pakistan.
Shruti
April 7, 2013 10:25 pm
Which socio-economic indicators are you talking about? Read the HDI since it's an index compiled by UN, and please don't say over-generalizing statements without substantiating them. In this case let me tell you, you're quite off-mark. The first step towards growth is getting out of denial. I see a gross lack of that in you and if you are a representative opinion of Pakistan, then I really worry about your country.
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