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Indo Pak Agreement: A Great Leap Forward

Pak Tea House welcomes the visit of Indian Foreign Minister S M Krishna and the agreements regarding Trade and a relaxed Visa Regime. It was a step in the right direction, towards Making South Asia a peaceful place. Trade between the two countries and frequent contacts between ordinary folk from both sides will pave the way for a gradual end to the belligerency and Jingoistic narrative adopted by Hawks on both sides of the border.

Express Tribune, in their editorial titled, A historic breakthrough with India said,

“Once enforced, the new visa protocol will be transformational. Given the rise in India of an opulent middle class keen to travel as tourists, Pakistan will have to go on overdrive to build new facilities to cater to the new tourism despite its terrorism-marred conditions. New hotels and roads will have to be built for people coming by road, new border check posts in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Sindh will have to be constructed to receive them. Pakistan will now find it easy to agree to a two-way transit trade route between Afghanistan and India, thus averting the losses it was sure to sustain from the opening of an alternative route through the newly-built Iranian port of Chabahar. The route that joins India and Afghanistan will ultimately be the regional commercial highway to Central Asia. One can hope that the project of the Iranian gas pipeline will be favourably affected by Indo-Pakistan normalisation. The normalisation-first approach — favoured by the world but not by Pakistan — is going to facilitate the final resolution of bilateral disputes: Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek, Wullar Barrage and other water issues, and terrorism, etc. Above all, Pakistan, once assured of peace on its eastern border, will be better able to confront al Qaeda and its ancillary terrorists like the Taliban, the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Jandullah without relying on the subterfuge of blaming India. Pakistan will cease to be the national security state preying on its own people and will be better able to align its national economy with the well-being of its people.”

Daily Times, in its editorial on 8th September titled “Pak-India relations on a new course” wrote,

“The determination to move forward is obviously a sign of maturing political will. However, there remains a lingering trust deficit that does not allow even relatively easier issues such as Sir Creek and Siachin to be resolved on a fast track. Similarly, accusing India of diverting Pakistan’s waters does not absolve Pakistan of its own mishandling of the situation. Pakistan needs to better argue its case and safeguardsort its interests in future. The building up of economic cooperation is something to celebrate. The process of dialogue has brought us so far and only dialogue could unravel the remaining misgivings. The door should remain open come what may.”

Surprisingly, the oldest newspaper of the country, Dawn, didn’t share the excitement shown by sister publications and remained circumspect in their editorial today on the same topic. In the editorial titled “More to be done

“Expectations were low ahead of Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna’s visit to Islamabad this week and, after two days of meetings culminating in a joint press conference yesterday, the predictions appear to have been largely correct. The big news is the inking of a liberalised visa regime between the two countries, a deal that was ready to be signed several months ago when the Indian commerce secretary visited but was delayed on the Pakistani side for as yet unspecified reasons. While welcome news, much will depend on the vigour and sincerity with which the new visa arrangements are implemented: even the most high-minded of ideas have often failed the implementation test when it comes to these two countries. Beyond that, however, there is not much good news to report from the meetings that capped off a year of dialogue between Pakistan and India. What seems to be clear is that the two countries have yet to recover the ground lost to the Mumbai attacks of November 2008. A little nudge here, a little push forward there, the dramatic steps have been eschewed in favour of small, uncontroversial measures. Leave aside Siachen or Sir Creek, even on the necessary move to allow Pakistani television channels access to the Indian market, there has been no movement. In the Pakistani and Indian context, the core issues and other problems are so well known and defined that if allowed to, diplomats, politicians and security establishments can dance around them forever unless someone grabs the issues by the scruff of the neck and forces some forward movement. Thus far, there is no one on either side who has been able to do that, even as many suspect that at least at the very top of the political leadership in both countries, the desire for normalising ties is deep and potentially meaningful.”

Blogger Abdul Majeed wrote on the topic in his blog titled “Tear Down This Wall of Hatred”,

“It is perhaps a major step in the right direction. There are a few unresolved issues that still need to be addressed with respect to the new visa regime. Apart from businessmen, minors, seniors and artists, relaxation should be provided to the rest of people as well. Pakistan and India boast a youth with combined strength of about 200 million. How can people-to-people relationships get better if the youth are excluded from visiting each other. I believe that this policy should be considered a stepping stone for better things to come. It requires a show of resolve on part of political governments on both sides to keep this process going and not let it get derailed by tragic incidents such as Kargil, the attack on the Indian Parliament or 26/11. Ultimately, both countries should talk about the elephant in the room i.e. Pakistani establishment’s policy of strategic depth.”

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21 Responses to "Indo Pak Agreement: A Great Leap Forward"

  1. ahem Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    What a confused article!

    What about the hate-content in the textbooks used in pakistani schools? What if indian “tourists and businessmen” get kidnapped? What about islam’s hate-and-violence towards polytheists and idol-worshippers?

    Is the indian govt. gaga?

    Pakistan must solve its internal problems (all self-made) resulting from islamic hate and lies over 60-1200 years. To give quislings (of islam) equal status is wrong and dangerous.

  2. Milestogo United States Safari iPhone says:

    Tourism and pilgrimage is the first Islamic profession.

  3. Dr Mishra, Yorkshire United Kingdom Internet Explorer Windows says:

    ATTACK ON CRICKETERS
    =====================
    Just 2 years ago, there was an attack planned by muslim terrorists on the proposed visit of the Indian cricket team. The Indians withdrew, but the terrorists went ahead anyway attcking the Lankans.

    Imagine the international publicity if Tendulkar had been killed!! One shudders at the thought of the havoc India would have visited on Pakistan !!

    So Indians should proceed very very very cautiously. Takes just one Headley to wreack havoc… and our border forces are poorly paid and some are corrupt. I shudder to think of drugs, arms and false currencies flooding India.

    Need a very strong leader at the helm, and a strong party. Who ??

  4. romain United States Internet Explorer Windows says:

    I have always maintained that the Politics of Pakiland are always played out in India.

    These days it is fashionable in Pakiland to be “looking for peace” with the Indians. With a very tough election coming up, all political parties are posturing as to who can make more peace – (Didnt know there was a war going on but then these are just semantics).

    It is the economy stupid. as the Indian economy improves, there will be more “peace” on offer. I was reading an interview by Gilani to NDTV and he alluded to even the “Army” being on board. Whatever this means.

    Me suggests (heavy_pet is this usage upto your standards?) as long as the Mumbai perperators are not punished, let there be no peace.

    I think the best solution is to keep Pakiland on the boil without pushing it over the edge.

  5. romain United States Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Mishrji,

    you have it all wrong, it wasnt the terrorists, it was an Indian conspiracy.

  6. Dr Mishra, Yorkshire United Kingdom Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Romain
    =========
    yes it was RAW that dunnit ;)

    I have a very unusual take on when I relax vis a vis Pak- first change their extremely bigoted curriculum, then through their media highlight TRUE stories and aspects of the wonderful Hindu-Sikh-Jain polity, then give it 20 years for a new generation to grow up.

    When they are humming Raag bhairavi and Sheila ki jawani- then open the gates at Wagah. Forever

  7. romain United States Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Mishraji,

    This “peace” business will last till 2014. Once the Amrikis pull out, the Paki army will feel less threatened and then the fun and games will start again.

    I sincerely hope that the Indians have learnt a lesson and will utilize the afghanis effectively.

    Unfortunately, I do not share your optimism. The hatred is in the DNA now. The only issue is how to best manage the situation.

  8. Milestogo United States Safari iPhone says:

    Even if India wanted to be a Islamic country, world will Not approve.

  9. MA United Kingdom Safari Mac OS says:

    So Dr Mishra,

    You continue with ur same biased opinions ……… During our last conversation, I felt for a moment may be I was a bit harsh on you by speaking bluntly. But no regrets now…………..

  10. romain United States Internet Explorer Windows says:

    I liked that last post. Not liking Pakis = Bigot.

    Boy o boy are some people really delusional :)

  11. Dr Mishra, Yorkshire United Kingdom Internet Explorer Windows says:

    MA
    ===
    WHICH PART of this post of mine did you not like- “first change their extremely bigoted curriculum, then through their media highlight TRUE stories and positive aspects of the wonderful Hindu-Sikh-Jain polity, then give it 20 years for a new generation to grow up.

    When they are humming Raag bhairavi and Sheila ki jawani- then open the gates at Wagah. Forever”
    After all, in India we always praise our Muslim heroes like Azad, Pres Kalam, Premji etc

  12. sanjay United States Google Chrome Mac OS says:

    Great Leap Forward. Err … yes. Yawn.
    That little tool SM Krishna wants to hang out with HRK – who’s not hot at all – and he’s offering the rest of us up for that guilty pleasure.

  13. foresee Germany Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Whatever good you do for or give to the muslims it will be used later by the islamofascists for their own goal of humiliating and hurting non-muslims. This arab religion is evil in its core spirit. The goodness that one finds in some muslims is not because of islam but in spite of islam, it is because of their contacts with non-muslims.

    Regarding Pakistan I foresee no possibility of any slightest improvement in their poisoned minds and quislingism.

    Pakistan is the biggest child-molester. ALL children in Pakistan are taught to hate and be irrational and angry at non-muslims, as part of their “service” to the arab allah. Since this hate takes place in the name of a so-called god it is very difficlut to get rid of it, esp. when it is injected in childhood.

    BTW : Even muslims in India are now on the same trajectory as pakistani fascist muslims. Money, propaganda, child molestation, misogyny, weapons, slander-and-hate towards India and hindus are becoming part of their narrative also. And some foolish hindus put the blame for this deterioration on the hindus in order to please the muslims!

  14. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    Not again, a step towards a military takeover? Not so fast, let Kyani retire first!

    Rex Minor

  15. engrich United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Just 2 years ago, there was an attack planned by muslim terrorists on the proposed visit of the Indian cricket team. The Indians withdrew, but the terrorists went ahead anyway attcking the Lankans…..

    one mr shukla who was caught after incidence for organising attack is languishing in pakistan jail.

  16. engrich United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    for boys upto age of 25years theree should no visa for pakistanis and indians while goining to pakistan or india.youths of both countries should be allowed to mix freely and understand eachother.unity and fight with bigger enemy is need of hour.

  17. Ali Rehman Pakistan Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I think now Pakistan and India both wants an end to the violence and uncertainty in Kashmir. Both the countries should realize that this prolonged dispute is gaining them nothing but hindrance to the economic development in their respective regions.

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