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India, Qatar sign seven agreements to strengthen ties

Published Jun 05, 2016 05:55pm

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Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al -Thani, front right, receives Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Doha, Qatar. ─ AP
Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al -Thani, front right, receives Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Doha, Qatar. ─ AP

DUBAI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his first official visit to gas-rich Qatar where he met the Gulf country's leaders on Sunday to discuss economic ties.

Indian Ministry of External Affairs's Twitter Page, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, talks with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in Doha, Qatar. ─ AP
Indian Ministry of External Affairs's Twitter Page, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, talks with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in Doha, Qatar. ─ AP

Modi and Qatar's ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who visited India in March 2015, signed seven agreements to strengthen ties, according to the official Twitter account of India's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Vikas Swarup.

Modi also met Qatari businessmen and encouraged them to invest more in India, calling it "a land of opportunity".

Qatar is one of the world's largest suppliers of liquefied natural gas. Qatari media says it supplies India with more than 85 per cent of its gas needs.

The Indian Embassy says bilateral trade reached $15.7 billion in 2014- 2015, though just around $1bn of that constituted Indian exports to Qatar. Since 2010, India has been purchasing 7.5 million tons of LNG every year from Qatar.

Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, right, receives Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Doha, Qatar. ─ AP
Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, right, receives Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Doha, Qatar. ─ AP

The Qatar Investment Authority has several large-scale investments in India, including a more than $1bn stake in telecommunications company Bharati Airtel.

Qatar Airways has expressed interest in expanding its routes to India and in buying a stake in budget airline IndiGo.

Modi arrived on Saturday and met with Indian labourers that evening, telling them he is aware of the conditions they face in Qatar. Modi, who is active on Twitter, posted photos of himself dining and chatting with the workers.

"If you have some issues on changing some rules and regulations, I will work with you all to bring about these changes," Modi told the workers.

There are more than a half-million Indians living in Qatar, many working lower paying construction jobs and building stadiums that will host the 2022 World Cup. Foreigners account for roughly 90pc of the 2.5m people living in Qatar.

An Amnesty International report this year found that migrant labourers face abuse that in some cases amounts to forced labour.

The report said workers reported living in squalid conditions, salary payments being withheld for months and having their passports confiscated by sponsoring employees.

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Matin Jun 05, 2016 05:59pm

He is a man on some mission. And Pakistan should understand that all the moves that India makes are not Pakistan centric. They have their own economic interests.

pakistani Jun 05, 2016 06:00pm

Sad to see members of OIC falling one over another to please India and become part of its growth .

Commenter Jun 05, 2016 06:05pm

Very last sentence of this article ends in

...having their passports confiscated by sponsoring employees.

should it not be sponsoring employers who would confiscate passports?

Yuvaraj Jun 05, 2016 06:14pm

He is the man of sprit. I am really happy to have Modi as prime minister

ambikapathi Jun 05, 2016 06:17pm

Modi is a man of Iron.

Zalmay Jun 05, 2016 06:21pm

What proactive foreign policy. Modi isn't content with signing MoUs. He's properly following up to materialise the agreements. And Indian democracy/political system has matured like anything. Thesr're not short term policy achievements. Which only incumbents can cash in coming elections. This government has reaped the rewards of previous policy decisions. And it's successors would reap rewards of incumbents. But ultimate beneficiary is none other then Indian nation. Unlike Pakistan, where governments undertake short term/populist projects. Like the metro, billion tree tsunami. With focus on completion during its term. So that it pays political dividends in upcoming elections. Lessons! Any takers?

Iqbal Khan Jun 05, 2016 06:31pm

There are thousands of Pakistanis in gulf countries jails. Our dear pm and others visit day and night there but have no time to ask about their countrymen.

Rafi Ka Deewana Jun 05, 2016 07:09pm

If religions and languages were the reasons behind friendships, the world will be so peaceful as most neighbors will never fight. The irony is, it's the economy which is the driving force.

Someday Pakistan will realize this and move on. And when that day comes, India and Pakistan will be the best friends and the richest nations!

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Jun 05, 2016 07:10pm

Wake up please and I am addressing to both President Mamnoon and PM Nawaz simply because India is extending its influence around us and those who should be on our side are now more with India than Pakistan. I corroborate my statement quote Afghanistan + Iran + Qatar where Modi has very rightly struck many deals and India will prosper in due course of time whereas I have my doubts if Pakistan has edge over India in these three countries. Incidentally, excuse me, instead of countering Modi efforts, brother of PM Shahbaz is buying new plane for official use and irony is Finance Minister Ishaq Dar who is brother-in-law of PM (if I am not mistaken) is not only silent but will approve buying the plane. Does anyone agree with me? PM Nawaz has done some good work for the country and I pen that he must double up his efforts to counter Modi efforts when he resumes after open heart surgery, aameen. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Former Pakistani Diplomat in Kuwait

brr Jun 05, 2016 07:47pm

I hope Modi creates an insurance policy for these workers.

Kamal Pasha. Jun 05, 2016 07:48pm

@Iqbal Hadi Zaidi, They don't read newspapers and if they read they are not bothered about the problems of the country.

pk Jun 05, 2016 08:05pm

@Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Why can't Pakistan and India have good relation with each other and make this part region ..subcontinent strong and prosperous economically. Modi and Nawaz have this vision but there are forces which are against this to happen. It sad that it is not happening.

Sajjad Haider Jun 05, 2016 08:32pm

Pakistan is losing friends including middle east countries. I think in future all countries will be dealing with India in all aspects considering the leader of the region.

Kranti Jun 05, 2016 08:45pm

Keep up the good work,honorable PM

Ash20 Jun 05, 2016 09:13pm

Pakistan should help India in improving conditions of labors in these countries as it will benefit both countries labors. Unfortunately Pakistani leadership never think about positive cooperation always look for opposing whatever India is doing.

Pakistani Jun 05, 2016 10:00pm

Congratulation to a great leader Modi, who's foreign policy is based on economic and equal relationships than religion.

Indian Jun 05, 2016 10:17pm

Modi is great going and we are proud of him.

Hakim Jun 05, 2016 10:36pm

And look at the outcome of our PM Nawaz who is also doubles as foreign minister.

Hab Jun 05, 2016 10:39pm

Sure proves "my friend's enemy, is my best friend"

The End is Near Jun 05, 2016 11:00pm

Indian and Pakistani labourers are abused in Arab middle eastern countries like Qatar and forced to be taken for slavery. When they try to flee the country, their passports, Driving license and their salaries are confiscated and never returned back to them.

Basit Ali Jun 05, 2016 11:06pm

@pakistani Every country has its own interest, it is foolish to expect that other follow our line of vision

sbk Jun 05, 2016 11:21pm

If we are good to others, they will also be good to us. All have brains. They can make out if we pretend and are not really sincere.

Zalmay Jun 05, 2016 11:58pm

@pakistani they're not becoming part of Indian growth good God. They're seeing their own growth in alignment with India. They see vast market for their shrinking narural resource demands. They're broadening their export base. They're living upto fast changing global scenario. Which is all about economics. The ideological/historical connections is thing of the past. Only we Pakistani are closing our eyes. And getting hugely disappointed. Often deservedly.

Khan Jun 05, 2016 11:59pm

@Sajjad Haider Just for the time being !

Chirag Jun 06, 2016 12:00am

@pakistani Yes u guys keep blaming others...may i ask u how r all muslims obliged to pakistan?

vishal Jun 06, 2016 12:02am

A P.M of billion dreams. Best P.M india ever had for decades.

khan Jun 06, 2016 12:04am

We have a better strategy. China is negotiating better deals with these countries. So, we are working on becoming a Chinese colony, so that we get these deals too.

attt Jun 06, 2016 12:10am

@Iqbal Khan there are also thousands of pakistanis working in qatar armed forces

Khan Jun 06, 2016 12:33am

@pakistani - Modi is not looking for commission, please keep in mind. Our leaderships is more than 1000% after commission whosoever is.

John Cool Jun 06, 2016 12:33am

@Sajjad Haider Pakistan is losing friends including middle east countries. I think in future all countries will be dealing with India in all aspects considering the leader of the region.

People of both countries are intelligent,educated and hardworking and are an asset to their respective countries.But the difference is one is democratic with civil centers while other is multi centered powers with one power which overwhelms all.Hence Indian population gets encouragement from its government while Pakistani multi-centers are eternally in conflict with each other and don't care about its citizens ....I think.

zq Jun 06, 2016 12:54am

@pakistani

We need to understand that we should never trust Arabs and the Iranians and our foreign policy should be based on this.

adil Jun 06, 2016 12:57am

If Pakistani government is so careless for our labours working in Middle East then the labours should approach Modi for their concern. I am sure he will do something positive for them, meanwhile our government is too busy in useless projects and have only one thing in mind "China".

anna Jun 06, 2016 01:10am

what i like about our prime minister is that he does not behave as some one who cannot be reached...he met the workers and listened to their queries...hats off to you sir...our people come first and no matter their problem should be addressed...nations will not respect us if we don't respect our own people...

Assamese Jun 06, 2016 01:13am

@pakistani Times are changing, your thoughts need to be changed as well or you will be stuck in the 8th century ideology. Religion is personal belief, diplomatic and economic ties between countries should not be based on religious beliefs.

Khwarezmi Jun 06, 2016 01:19am

The present and the past government has been a total disaster. Pakistan is losing friends very fast.

Chandler Jun 06, 2016 01:23am

@pakistani Don't pray for someone else's downfall.Pray for your uplift net.

Gangu Tailee Jun 06, 2016 01:35am

Another bad news for Pakistan. Sadly, Pakistan is isolated for sure one after the other. A clear indication of failed foreign policy and its leadership.

Rotkiv Jun 06, 2016 01:38am

When I saw the Prime Minister sitting and sharing a boxed lunch with the poor hard working Indian expats in a medical relief camp in Qatar yesterday, I almost cried. I am not given to emotions easily. I was overcome with the feeling that this man is a God send for India.

Rashid Jun 06, 2016 01:54am

Please anyone who knows answer my question. Is there any agreement done between Pakistan and Qatar for LNG trade?

Being Indian Jun 06, 2016 02:13am

Hi all, I read some comments here where some of you said its not good for Pakistan that India is making good relations with Gulf etc. Fact is India is fastest growing economy the world & as a leader its quite obvious to make good strategic agreements n partnership with every Possible Nation so Gulf plays a vital role to Make India grow bigger. So there is no negative factor in this kind of Strategic ties. Infact just think what will happen if two Nations India-Pakistan will have strong strategic ties with each other. India-Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran& Middle East can Lead the World if all came together, currently everyone is divided. Remember West strategy is to " Divide & Rule" . PM MODI is just bending that strategy.

S.R. Jun 06, 2016 02:18am

Now...how many agreements has Pakistan signed recently with Oman?? That'sounds what I thought I hear - a big Zero!!!

Khan Jun 06, 2016 04:26am

Indians are the most poor people in the world and their government is investing in Afghanistan and Iran . This Modi government has more political agenda than economical as these resources are required to be invested in heath , education and basic needs of their own people .

Ahmadi Lives Matter! Jun 06, 2016 04:28am

@pakistani: Why exactly is it "sad"? Do you propose to dictate to OIC 'who' its members should trade with?

Anwar Amjad Jun 06, 2016 04:34am

No problem as there is a positive aspect too. India’s relations with the Muslim countries will force the Indian government to control the hardline Hindu groups who want to convert all Muslims in India to Hinduism.

Shahid Jun 06, 2016 04:42am

There is nothing much with Modi to do here. USA has decided to promote India as the next factory of the world to counter China. All American allies including the oil rich Arabs have got the message to contribute to the cause. The only thing Indians have to do in this campaign, is to go and chalk out the details. Be it Modi, Rahul, Lalu or Natish , it just doesn't matter who the prime minister of India is. India is lucky to find herself in a situation where the west needs them in the great game of super powers.

Ahmadi Lives Matter! Jun 06, 2016 04:43am

@brr : It is up to Qatar and other nations and employers to create insurance for their workers. But they won't,

Ahmadi Lives Matter! Jun 06, 2016 04:58am

@sbk : Not true! Not everyone reciprocates our good intentions towards them! It is sometimes true that people will trade with us if treat them well. Yet, Indians,Pakistanis, B/Deshis, Filipinos, Lankans , and Africans are treated horribly in the M.E.; yet they go to work there --because the stomach is a brutal master!

Tamilselvan Jun 06, 2016 04:58am

@pakistani Why are you sad. Members of OIC are smart and religion has nothing to do with friendship or business. All are trying and working hard for the betterment of their citizens and understand the potential and the market size. Indians have proven that hard work pays off in Gulf and have won the respects and admiration of the locals . What stops Pakistan from doing the same?

Uday Kulkarni Jun 06, 2016 05:18am

@Iqbal Hadi Zaidi - Honourable diplomat sir; one can understand your frustrations regarding Pakistan not growing the same way like India but you are asking your PM to wake up and compete with India & not lose edge with the 3 countries compared to India which makes it appear that whatever PM Modi s doing is to compete with Pakistan. Sir please appreciate the fact that what Modiji is doing is purely in his own country's interests & not to slight any country as he is going around the globe and signing agreements/contracts thereby increasing the trade with almost all countries . Modiji understands that India's growth is incumbent upon meeting its growing energy needs & as the article says; Qatar supplies 85 % of LNG to India. To ensure that Qatar continue to provide India uninterrupted LNG in future, he is inviting Qatari businessmen to invest in India and thereby increase their stakes in India. Mutual benefit and trade is never one sided. Best Luck to Pakistan also for growth.

Sudhakar USA Jun 06, 2016 05:32am

Very amazing and happy to see the pro-active work of Mr. Modi on the foreign affairs front. Iran+Afghanistan+India deal, Indo-Afghan friendship Dam inauguration followed by a very inspiring speech at the ceremony and now sensible trade deals with Qatar. This is how a leader should be working for the betterment of his country and its interests. Bravo Mr. Modi!!

Uday Kulkarni Jun 06, 2016 05:33am

@pakistani . Sir beg to disagree with you. Why should it be looked in a negative way that what OIC countries are doing is not good ? Why should OIC countries not invest in India ? OIC countries do not view India the way some or few people like you view it though I must add that majority of Pakistanis will not subscribe to your views. It is a universal rule that "Money or Capital will flow naturally to the best possible havens or best return on investment locations in the world"just as water will have a tendency to flow faster from higher level to lower level than on even surface or from lower level to higher level.

Real Zak Jun 06, 2016 05:50am

Dont worry Pakistani PM is busy with himself and his money only.Pakistan is just for few days visit.

SLS Jun 06, 2016 06:34am

@pakistani How true a statement?

AKNasser Jun 06, 2016 06:50am

Same Qatar that wanted Pakistan military to intervene in Yaman war . Let us see if they can coax India to send troops.

Masood Jun 06, 2016 06:53am

@Iqbal Khan ; They are there because they must have done something contrary to the law-of-the-land. Why should Pakistan's PM or other visit them in jail? Similarly when Arabs break the law, they are incarcerated, I don't see their king or prince visiting them.

Vg Jun 06, 2016 07:08am

Another milestone...

Snow leopard Jun 06, 2016 07:24am

So many agreements signed but not at the cost of bustards, elephants, tigers, lions, rhinos, gibbons, bears and other Indian magnificent species. No Royal hunting permit was granted.

Lafanga Jun 06, 2016 07:38am

@Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Good post. As far as Nawaz Sharif is concerned, he doesnt even have a foreign minister so this is how much importance he gives to foreign policy. PMLN politics is limited to Punjab and how to bash PTI. That is all their intellect thinks of.

brother Jun 06, 2016 08:29am

to all the negative commentators, please name one deal that is anti-pakistan. Don't declare others your enemies just because they trade with India. Poor Indians are working hard to shore up trade deals so they can feed their hungry.

ARaza Jun 06, 2016 08:30am

@Sajjad Haider No Pakistan does not need circus of this kind to please Arab countries. They are our brothers. When the time come they will send money and logistics needed to fight India.
in 1971 war it was Jordan which sent us fighter planes because US did not want give the fighter Planes directly they asked Jordan to help Pakistan.

Saurav Jun 06, 2016 08:57am

Good going my PM Modiji.

INDIAN LOVE Jun 06, 2016 09:18am

@Sajjad Haider India is lonely the leader of south Asia . Reason is clear India is largest economy in south Asia and middle east including largest trading partner for middle east especially for gas and crude oil import and at last strong military presence in Indian ocean where all trade happen through this route.

Omar Jun 06, 2016 09:43am

So basically Qatar needs to enslave more indians....

M Khan Jun 06, 2016 09:48am

@Iqbal Hadi Zaidi I am surprised at you adressing the president and the prime minister as you probably know power to change foreign policy lies some where else .

Sudhanshu Swami Jun 06, 2016 10:17am

@Sajjad Haider India dealt with all countries, its not new policy. Right since independence we had balanced relations. Before Modi too we had relations with countries which were not friendly themselves. USA, Russia, China, Israel,Palestine, KSA,Iran, Egypt etc. Now Modi put that thing in Enhanced mode. We are having business relations. Pakistanis have India centric mindset only. They think whatever we do is to sabotage Pakistan. For us, Fact is Pakistan is just a country that has no huge importance other than producing maniac time to time. Pakistanis track what Indian PM is doing, What Indian Actors are doing etc. While What NS is doing, has no coverage in India.

Thiru Jun 06, 2016 11:20am

@Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Why must you, a diplomat, should want countering Modi? There is space and opportunities for all, after all, doesn't India have 180million Indians of Islamic faith?

Tapish Jun 06, 2016 11:51am

There are several Pakistanis in the security forces of Qatar. They command good respect and have been kind/fair to the general populace and immigrants ,compared to the locals or the African security people.Good work done by these men.

Irfan Hussain Jun 06, 2016 12:07pm

@Rafi Ka Deewana very true

Irfan Hussain Jun 06, 2016 12:09pm

Modi has proved that Economy is far above the "brotherly relationships of Islamic countries"

Bhagat Singh Jun 06, 2016 12:09pm

@Rafi Ka Deewana If language and religion were driving forces , they would have broken entire human civilization in fragments..Religion and language taking backseat now. HUman need of resources is only need common to them..language and religion was created by Humans to control masses.

Yet another Indian Sri1 Jun 06, 2016 12:23pm

@Rafi Ka Deewana "Someday Pakistan will realize that economy is the driving force and move on. When that day comes, India and Pakistan will be the best friends and the richest nations!"

Very optimistic, positive and will be a welcome development, if that can ever happen. But don't we all know that the very raison d'être of the establishment and powers-that-prevail is the elimination of "Hindu" India and the very idea of India - the exact same reason that they unjustifiably attribute to India when it comes to Pakistan.

deepak ravi Jun 06, 2016 12:23pm

@Sudhanshu Swami Well said bro. You forgot to mention one more point. Pakistan is happy being a Chinese colony, while our ancestors fought British hard to be free from colonization. This has what a lifetime of hatred and envy towards India has brought them.

AK Jun 06, 2016 12:30pm

@khan : "We have a better strategy. China is negotiating better deals with these countries. So, we are working on becoming a Chinese colony, so that we get these deals too." To become a Chinese colony or not is your decision.

Satyameva Jayate Jun 06, 2016 01:12pm

Indian Foreign Minister has openly told all Indians to approach the Indian Embassies if their Passport has been "confiscated by sponsoring employees".

sridhar Jun 06, 2016 01:35pm

Modi goes to Qatar and meets workers there, most of whom are Indian Muslims. Modi is meeting them as PM of India, not as a BJP leader. If it were the latter reason, he would not meet them as IMs do not form a large constituency of votes for BJP.

sridhar Jun 06, 2016 01:37pm

@Rafi Ka Deewana Amen to that. India and Pakistan could be very prosperous if they put aside their enmity and start trading.

sridhar Jun 06, 2016 01:39pm

@pk There is a large constituency in both countries (much larger in Pakistan) that benefits from constant friction between India and Pakistan.

R YEGYA NARAYANAN Jun 06, 2016 03:06pm

In one of my replies today, I had mentioned the same thing that many Pakistanis have said in their responses. What people of the region want is a better quality of life and not one-upmanship over the other. India has been focusing on economic development and we have seen the benefits of it, particularly the IT revolution which has improved the quality of life of our children. In most well educated middle class families in India now, the children earn at half the age of their parents what their parents earn at the time of their retirement! This has set off a cascading impact on all sectors-be it automobile or textile, real estate or even travel. You can find Indians and Chinese constituting the largest chunk of overseas tourists in Europe or the US. We want Pakistanis to see such an improvement in their lives, for with economic prosperity comes a broader vision.

Mukul Jun 06, 2016 04:52pm

@Shahid Read into it what you will India soars ahead

vishal Jun 06, 2016 05:16pm

Difference between Pakistan and Indian policy is that, Pakistan sees its interest only in China whereas India sees its interest in the entire World.

Pra aksha Jun 06, 2016 05:56pm

@Khan You are sheer living in Baba Adams time. Get up get fresh & see outside if you are not blind, deaf & dumb, you will find world is looking at sky searching future in space!

Irad Jun 06, 2016 05:59pm

It is U.S ex-President, who famously quoted, "it is economy, stupid". World doesn't care whether one is white, black, brown or yellow, so long as one has deep pockets.

Ramesh Nakhwa Jun 06, 2016 06:01pm

@ARaza Its a different world now, its 2016 and India has many friends. Pakistan seems to be isolated. The only friendly nation is China and Turkey perhaps.

Kulbhushan Yadav Jun 06, 2016 06:58pm

@Omar Nope. Qatar would treat them fairly. Also, L&T, the construction giant of India , got a big order for FIFA 2020 in Qatar. So you see, more jobs for Indian there

ashutosh mishra Jun 06, 2016 07:15pm

This guy is incredible. I love my yoga practising, vegetarian, extremely laborious prime minister who has risen up from the ranks from having been a tea boy once, just like my other beloved leader the late A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India, an educationist, a space scientist and son of a petty fisherman from Rameshwaram, the lowermost tip of India in the south. India is priviledged to have him lead us.

Kuppudu Jun 06, 2016 07:20pm

@Kamal Pasha. They have their ambassadors and other officials to tell them what is happening in the country.

AZURE Jun 06, 2016 07:26pm

PM Modi has been steadfast in his approach towards dealing with the ME politicians. He has always bothered about the welfare of the workers whose treatment and living conditions have been in the highlight for a long time. In fact, Qatar has promised and is on the verge of revising its labor laws with regards to foreign labor. If anything, this could be one of the biggest achievements of Modi, if he could get a better deal for his countrymen in the Middle East. But not only Indians, even other south and south east asian countries will benefit by this upcoming change.

deepak Jun 06, 2016 07:49pm

@Khan , This government has started & implemented a lot of schemes related to all sections of citizens of India & result is very positive. Modiji did a lot for Indians of all class which previous govt not done. Friendship & good relationship very important for the progress & development of Country. Modi is the best P.M India got.

Kabeer Jun 06, 2016 08:49pm

Until and unless pragmatic foreign policy and diplomacy Pakistan will loss all its friends our foreign policy should be in the hand of experienced / seasoned diplomats not in the hands of shortsighted people who cannot see beyond their nose and kept this country a security state

Javed Jun 06, 2016 10:32pm

@Sajjad Haider Yes, we fought for it tooth and nail but now our friends can see through our policies against India. They know who the victims are. Few friends still support us but simply because their vested interest currently lies with us. The future support is not guaranteed.

joe Jun 07, 2016 07:13am

@pk I agree with you. Modi has vision ,backing of his party and people of India.Indian Armed Forces never ever interfere in anypolicy matter of government.

joe Jun 07, 2016 07:21am

@Khan You need to get back to schooling days. Please read the out come of these huge trade agreements.

Adil Siddiqui Jun 07, 2016 09:11am

For Pakistan GCC have sectarianism for others economical cooperation. We may need to change the point of contact for them on their visit from Mullahs to the Pakistani businessmen.

Indian Dude Jun 07, 2016 09:45am

@pakistani Why are you sad seeing the progress of India and its friendship with other Muslim nations. You need to push your government for doing same and not feel sad.

mkb Jun 07, 2016 10:08am

@pk this should be the actual ideals for the people of both countries.

rahul1 Jun 07, 2016 01:02pm

@pakistani Sad or glad to see?

Yogesh Jun 07, 2016 01:04pm

@Anwar Amjad No one wants to convert Muslims of India. All we want is that they should consider India their home, and India's 10000 year old culture as their own. Indian culture has always given full freedom to practice any religion. That is why virtually all the world's religions have flourished in India, as they haven't in any other country.

rahul1 Jun 07, 2016 01:07pm

@Hakim Pl. don't compare NMS with Modi. India is lucky to get such a highly motivated PM who discards his personal comfort, sleep to reconstruct India after misrule of Congress

Surya Kant Jun 07, 2016 02:33pm

Let the friendship grow on middle eastern countries on mutually benefit deals, trade, commerce and exchanges

Ghaznavi Jun 07, 2016 04:34pm

This proves that if Hitler had lots money and business opportunities many nations would have looked the other way on his human right record. Also the picture shows "Money talks and Umma walks"!!. Unless we mend our ways and follow Sir Syed Ahmed Khan's approach towards education i.e base it on merit and shun the mother of all evils "Quota System" we will remain marginalized.

Ahsan Gul Jun 07, 2016 06:53pm

@Ahmadi Lives Matter! - of course it matters. So unfortunate that we in Pakistan cannot have thinking process right. Regardless of our believes and affliation, we should stay in our lane and pursue what we want to achieve. I have been overseas and being a brown skin was discriminated. I know how I used to feel about myself, inferior and dejected. We should treat everyone as citizens of Pakistan first. That way Pakistan will progress. Second no one impose or do tabligg to bring others in their court. Remember, stay in your lanes as far your believes are concerned. Hurt nobodys believes. Then we can have respect and peace and eventually.

Lahori Kid Jun 07, 2016 10:34pm

Whether you are an Indian leader or Pakistani, before you make deals with these Arab countries, you need to bring up the fact that workers from India,Pakistan,Bangladesh working for them are treated like third class citizens, they are treated like animals, all these poor workers want is to earn for their families back home, yet it is never a priority. If you take away these workers, places like Dubai would still be a desert and nothing more.

Varntvar Jun 08, 2016 01:48pm

@Anwar Amjad and how is that positive?