THIS refers to Kunwar Idris’s article ‘Friendship with India’ (April 6). I do believe that a harmonious long-term engagement with India is indeed inevitable at least in the present arena.

The writer justly mentioned The Economist’s view that India is going to be among the four most powerful nations at the end of the decade and being the largest importer of weapons. But it looks that the writer intentionally ignored the bell alarmed in The Economist that India could plan a blitzkrieg on Pakistan.

Thanks to the nuclear possession, shape of things would probably have been different.

In addition, we should remember the largest competitor of India is China on all fronts which remained a close ally of Pakistan. In such a situation, would not there be a trade-off in having submissive relations with India at the cost of cogent relations with China.


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Comments (11)

April 13, 2013 7:06 am
One should be careful of China. There is nothing common between Pakistan and China. China is strictly about exploiting other nations or their geopolitical gains.
Rani Sharma
April 13, 2013 7:56 am
India and Pakistan should be friends but only after Partition is completed by resettling all Muslims currently in India in Pakistan.
April 13, 2013 8:59 am
China does more trade and commerce with india than Pakistan. Indian keep China India relation low key however Pakistani tend to hype it .India China relations are far better than Pakistan China relation (if you talk reality ,not media generated hype).
April 13, 2013 9:51 am
Pakistan in no way fit into the important relationship of indo-china or us-china relationship, by the way india will not use its hard power but soft power of india, pakistan is absolutely unable to resist in this digital cyber world.
Pulak Mukherjee
April 13, 2013 2:05 pm
"alarmed in The Economist that India could plan a blitzkrieg on Pakistan". For what; to preside over a hell-hole that is Pakistan today! Please allow Indians to have some better common sense.
April 13, 2013 4:08 pm
For all its hype, China India relationship, although deliberately kept low-key, is sounder, with immense amount of trade being conducted, and with stability in mind. All that hype of Pakistan -China relationship is just that - hyped by pakistan mostly for domestic consumption - with little substance.
April 13, 2013 5:37 pm
why Pakistan never learns from history, how friendship china is differece from friendship of USA where america exploited Pakistan and still doing it. China and India are mutually benifitting from trade and why do Chines risk this support Pakistan, what benfit Pakistan is getting from buying second hand chines missiles on hard earned tax payers money.
April 13, 2013 9:03 pm
More than 60 years for animosity ..........why not take a break and try and be friendly neighbors.....If India and China can then why not India and Pakistan? Guess who will benefit ............common people. But would the politicians want that to happen? LOL.........
M A Mufti
April 13, 2013 9:46 pm
Reading the comments from indian contributors in this thread, It looks like there is no point for rushing a hand for friendship with India. Pakistan should focus on resolving its problems and then deal with India from a stronger position. A weak Pakistan cannot get a fair deal with its friends let alone the Indians. Message to Pakistanis back home is: Vote for PTI and build a stronger Pakistan.
April 14, 2013 2:42 am
India can never be among the top powers, unless it sheds its bloated underbelly. It is the weight of the underbelly, which stops it from flying. Time to shed some kilos, or thousands of them.
April 14, 2013 6:54 am
Pakistan is given importance by china is only to balance india in the region. so pakistan china strong relationship is a mere counterweight in the international diplomacy played by china.
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