Wednesday, June 9, 2010

"I would like to understand what India would want from Pakistan" : Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Dwight D. Eisenhower once said that "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children."

What we want from Pakistan is to stop the penetration of terror and anti-Indian elements to India. What we want from Pakistan is to stop supporting the India centric terror groups in Pakistan. What we want is to curtail the operations of terror outfits whose activities results in the deaths of thousands (leaving behind thousands of orphans and widows) in India.

Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to PTI

"In my view, both countries have suffered on account of terrorism. In my view, both countries should engage to deal with this issue of terrorism. We can do it collectively in a more effective manner," he told PTI in an interview here.

Yes, both coutries [people] suffered on account of terrorism, but the difference is, terrorist activities in Pakistan are not supported by Indian administration, but the Indian investigations shows a clear support of ISI and other administrative branches of Pakistan for terrorist activities in India. The sad but real fact is, both countries can't do anything collectively in a more effective manner atleast for the near future. we have to work independently for a better future of people in both countries.

"I would like to understand what India would want from Pakistan and I want to explain to him what steps Pakistan has done to take on terrorists. How we have effectively carried out operations against various terrorist organisations."

Whatever steps Pakistan has done to take on terrorists, was executed in the Af-Pak border (Tribal regions - Where the administration's hold is restricted to cities) not in the training centres of Indian -Pakistan border regions. Even the military actions in Af-Pak border are the result of heavy US pressure and financial aid. Explaining that steps to Indian Home minister will not help in creating any more good will between the nations.

"I think exchanging of information will also build confidence, understanding each others point of view, will also clear the air on issues," he added.

Yes, exchanging information and a free press in both countries is a very positive sign. But its a real fact that, India and Pakistan can't understand each others point of view, because we are looking to the same problem through totally different angles.

"start pointing fingers at each other, who gains, neither India nor Pakistan. The net beneficiary of our disengagement, in fact, are the terrorists. So we should not fall in their trap."

Yes, the net beneficieries will be the missile, tank, submarine, fighter aircraft etc manufactures of other countries. Both will end up spending a good amount of money, which will otherwise go to the stomach of the poor people of both countries (If politicians and beaurocrats didn't eat it fully before reaches the common people). These actions will also create an image of immatured nations for both countries, who cant solve problems own their own, before the international community,
"If we can bridge the trust deficit, the whole environment will change. Look at the potential of promoting tourism between India and Pakistan if relations are normal, friendly. Pakistan wants good neighbourly relations with India," he said

Potential of promoting tourism is very low as of now- thanks to the activities of terrorists. But here Qureshi has a point. Atleast we can build a good trade relationship between us. Low price Indian medicines and other Indian products will be more affordable to Pakistanies and Pakistan's food exports will help India too.

As Morpheus in the movie Matrix (One of my favorite one) told "Neo, sooner or later you're going to realize, just as I did, that there's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path". We all know the path, but somehow we are not ready to step in to it.


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