Pitfalls and Hopes

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Pak India relations remained tense in the near past and still going through the same tumultuous situation. After the abrogation of Article 370 and imposing curfew in occupied Kashmir, the tensions between both countries further increased.  Both countries were on the verge of another war. Pakistan always emphasized the need to develop friendly relations with the neighboring countries. Unfortunately, India always betrayed Pakistan and emulated the path of hatred.  Recently, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a letter to PM Imran Khan mentioning that he desires cordial relations with Pakistan. How much India is sincere in developing good terms with Pakistan is still something very suspicious, thought the gesture is positive indeed but one needs to be very much practical in any such matter. Without solving the Kashmir issue relations between the two Nations will never be improved. According to international media  Modi in his letter congratulated Imran Khan on the country’s annual Pakistan Day.  The importance of Pakistan day within Pakistan is very much evident. The subcontinent’s Muslim political leadership in the eastern city of Lahore demanded Muslim-majority states be given an independent state status. As per the news of an international News agency Modi wrote in his letter, “As a neighboring country, India desires cordial relations with the people of Pakistan. For this, an environment of trust, devoid of terror and hostility, is imperative. Asad  Umar, in a post on Twitter, welcomed Modi’s letter, calling it a “message of goodwill”. It is pertinent to mention that the previous stance of Modi’s Government was entirely different. Currently, both sides are holding talks on sharing Indus river water. Here again, Pakistan has taken the lead as PM Imran Khan few days back has expressed his desire for good relations with India but said the first step should be taken by India as his past peace overtures were not positively received. Army chief,  General Qamar Javed Bajwa clearly indicated few days ago that peaceful resolution in the disputed region of Kashmir is Pakistan’s priority. It is evident that Kashmir is the core issue and both countries can’t move forward without resolving this issue.

 

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