The Economic Times
LAHORE: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan says when his party wins power his top priority would be to start a dialogue with India to resolve the Kashmir issue. The former cricket ace is seen as a strong prime ministerial candidate in the next polls and his party is on the upswing.
He envisages India and Pakistan having trade ties like those shared by the US and Canada. "I believe nothing is impossible." Khan was the star speaker at the concluding day of the 2nd Aman ki Asha Indo-Pak economic conference on Tuesday.
Khan said among all Pakistani politicians he knows India best because of his cricketing past. "Indo-Pak relations should be based on trust. It is awful that whenever we get close, some incident happens and we are back to square one. New governments can foster new ties. We need strong leadership in both nations which can withstand strong pressure. There's a small industry on both sides that benefit from ill will. We need a strong leadership in Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue," Khan said.
He cited the leadership of Charles de Gaulle in France, who stood up to pressures and resolved the Algerian crisis by giving the latter independence.
While peace between India and Pakistan seems elusive, he said he was privy to information (three former Pakistan foreign minister have joined his party) that shows the two countries came tantalizingly close to clinching a solution to the contentious Kashmir issue before negotiations collapsed.
"The new generation of Indians and Pakistanis want new relations. They want to change the way we look at each other. Seventy per cent of Pakistanis are less than 30 and they want a new way of governance," he said.
Entirely supportive of enhanced trade relations, he cautioned that the benefits of trade in the short terms should be evenly shared. "In the long term, we know it would benefit everybody," he said. The future should see intense rivalry between India and Pakistan "to see who reduces poverty faster," he said before quipping: "How can we not enjoy the rivalry of India and Pakistan in a cricket match?"
Later, taking a question from CII president Adi Godrej, who quizzed him on the possibility of the neighbours emerging as each other's largest trading partners, he said: "One thing we know for sure, it is the best way to alleviate poverty. With a combined population of 1.6 billion, it's such a huge market.
There will be early adjustments and trade will force us to improve our governance systems, it will lead to reforms." He cited the example of EU saying: "Every country that joined EU has seen its standard of living rise."
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Veteran lyricist Gulzar is mentoring Bhindi Bazaar producer Karan Arora for his new film Kya Dilli Kya Lahore, which talks about a unique bond between an Indian and a Pakistani soldier stationed at the Indo-Pakistani border.
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NEW DELHI: The decision on issuance of multiple-entry and reporting-free visas for businessmen of India and Pakistan may be taken at the next Home Secretary level talks, Parliament was informed today.
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NEW DELHI: Home secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan will take place in Islamabad on May 24-25 when the two sides are likely to sign a liberalized visa agreement. The Indian delegation will also press for action against perpetrators of the 26/11 terror attacks, includ .....more
If there was a theme that dominated the first day of the Indo-Pak business conference, was the four-letter word: visa. Speakers from both sides of the border were at pain to point out that MFN, FDI would remain useless acronyms unless businesspersons from either side could me .....more
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The News on Sunday Special Report: India Pakistan prisoners more editions
We probably didn't need to do this Special Report. Newspaper stories don't matter when it comes to Indians in Pakistani jails and vice versa. In fact, 'vice versa' sums it up. We do to them what they do to us.
Except when the two countries decide to begin talking, yet again! This time a little before the foreign secretary level talks, some Pakistani prisoners were released by India (and vice versa must have happened) and some more were release....read more
For the past 2 years the Jang Group and Geo have been working on a project of great national interest; one that we hope will help usher in an era of peace and prosperity in the country and indeed, in the region. And one that hopefully all Pakistanis can be proud of. more
The Jang Group has entered into an agreement with the Times of India Group, the largest media group of India, to campaign for peace betw