In the wake of the second round of talks between India and Pakistan over Kartarpura Sahib corridor held here Sunday, hopes are high that sanity will prevail and the project envisioned by Prime Minister Imran Khan would see the daylight and the Indian leadership would also display maturity and statesmanship.
Earlier this year Pakistan and India somehow avoided an all-out war after airspace violation by India and a corresponding response by the Pakistan Air Force that resulted in the capture and immediate release of an Indian pilot after his jet was shot down.
Although LoC skirmishes have reduced in intensity and frequency, relations remain strained and tensions high between the two. Thankfully there is some thaw in relations. A two-day Track-II dialogue aimed at starting a broader process of peace and reconciliation began on Friday with a six-member delegation from India taking part, the second leg of which will take place in New Delhi later this year. Meanwhile, Pakistan, displaying willingness to improve ties, has conceded to India’s demand of removing a pro-Khalistan leader from its committee ahead of the second round of the Kartarpur Corridor talks.
Although these are minor steps towards a greater goal, they are welcome considering the atmosphere of discontent.
Perhaps the most contentious unresolved issue between the two nuclear armed neighbours is that of terrorism, which India accuses Pakistan of actively sponsoring, while providing refuge and support to the likes of Hafiz Saeed and Masood Azhar.