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‘Same old merry-go-round’

Updated August 09, 2013

THIS is with reference to the article ‘Same old merry-go-round’ by Munir Akram (Aug 4). It is pertinent to note that Pakistan’s weak (India-appeasing) foreign policy was evident right from the day Manmohan Singh was invited for the prime minister’s oath taking ceremony in May, which India unceremoniously rejected.

What has since followed is a continuation of the same appeasement -– Pakistan proposes a resumption of composite dialogue, while India continues to link it to the situation at the LoC.

Interestingly, during the days when this demand was made, a Pakistani soldier, Asim Iqbal, was martyred when the Indians fired from across the LoC. The Indian posture -- be it plans for new upstream dams, the recent air space violation in Sialkot or framing Pakistan in suicide bombing near the Indian mission in Jalalabad, all this draws a lacklustre response from Pakistan.

There is hardly any response to the Indian officers’ statement as regards the state’s involvement in parliament and Mumbai attacks and the killing of civilians in Kashmir.

This one-sided peace overtures towards India without a broad-based consensus back home may not lead to any long-term peace between India and Pakistan.

And we may find ourselves -– yet again -– on the receiving end if another terrorist attack occurs in India.

NIZAR DIAMOND ALI
Karachi