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Farraginous timing of Indian Peace Conference

08 December, 2003

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A high-profile politicians and intellectuals' conference, ‘Peace Dividend’ on 12-13 December 2003, is scheduled by 'The Hindustan times' putting forth the leaders of South Asia to discuss its future in economic, geo-political and strategic outlook.

Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and an Awami National Party delegation, headed by Asfand Yar Wali; Grandson of Abdul Ghaffar Khan(Sarhadi Gandhi), whose resilient views to logical solution of Kashmir are too well known to all, propose to attend this meeting giving the impression to the world as Pak representation..

Incidentally inauguration dates coincide with the Fall-of-Dhaka days thirty two years ago.

What do you think about the contents, timing and the representation of Pakistan in the conference?

How do you think participants will not deviate from the proposed topic?

Will the ‘invited’ personnel from Pakistan advocate Kashmiris’ right of ‘self determination’?

Reader Comments:

When WEST met with EAST!

Sunil from India, I smell a goodwill in your statement, however I believe that the industrialized west made sure that we as neighbors never live in peace and always hate each other as rival enemies which will keep them in power and they will not be threatened by the intellect of East on which they depend and the one which they love to slave even with the modern day tactics.
Should our nations be friendly to each other the entire region would have flourished as a result.
Do you think that others would like that? Wont it be their loss if the subcontinent lives in peace and reaps the dividends of technology?
No doubt India has progressed a lot in many fields, a lot more than Pakistan and in my humble view I see that possible due to sincerity of it's nationals. I know of the days when India was very watchful of foreign exchange and balance of trade which is probably still prevalent. There was a serious restriction on luxury imports from other countries, and see what it culminated? Indians researched, developed and produced in many a fields due to their hardships which they persevered.
Even with the political boundaries could not India & Pakistan have established & maintained a friendly environment? like US & Canada have been doing for over 2 centuries.
The only ones that would be threatened from such friendly relationship which would have culminated nothing but progress & development by leaps and bounds and less or no dependence on the materials from these western nations can only be perceived to be the West since animosity between India & Pakistan benefits them in great terms.

Matloob Zaman, Pakistan - 05 January, 2008

mind set

difference between westners and ind -pak is, ur mind is covered with imotions and past. there is no room for future. wat ever these country do they do on the bases of past and imotions. wen the mind is already set there is very less room for betterment.
these countries should drop their past and move on for better life.
pakis are peranoid ind will cheat them ind is paranoid pak will hurt them.
learn from west few good things. even the people u hate can have good qualities.

riky, Svalbard And Jan Mayen - 08 June, 2008

Union ? Are you mad ?

Some of you Indian guys are suggesting a union with Pakistan - I say you have lost your nuts. Imagine what a demographic challenge it will be for the Hindu/Sikh civilization - while we have 2 kids, these Pakistanis have 5-6 kids per family. We have gone our separate ways, lets keep it that way.

Vicram Singh, Hungary - 23 December, 2008

We should know from the History

One simple solution to the pakistans growth and prosperity should be bringing the ISI and Army to the civilian control.Its simple in a family there should not be more than one power centres or decision makers. Unfortunately thats what happening in Pakistan.
If that happens then elected govts can concentrate and implement any peace deals with courage.
Also I would like to answer to the following quote,
"If India is serious to bring peace in the region, she should invite the existing leaders from Pakistan rather than the exiled and internationally convicted as corrupt."

Dictators ruled Pakistan more than 75% of the life of pakistan and may be that has made the organisers to invite the moderate politicians to the conference.

Sreeni, United Kingdom - 30 December, 2008

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