By Bhawani Sahoo:
Recently the headlines were filled with news of peace talks between India and Pakistan. Last month the two countries held talks on resolving disputes over a glacier in the Himalaya and a maritime boundary. But the main attraction was the recent meeting on Wednesday between Indian foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai and his Pakistani counterpart, Jalil Abbas Jilani which occurred after the arrest of a key suspect in the attacks on Mumbai.
Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari who is a prime suspect in the Mumbai terror attacks, provided evidence during interrogation, of the support given to the Pakistan based terrorist group Lashkar-e Taiba by Pakistan’s inter-services intelligence agency during the 2008 Mumbai attacks in which around 166 people were killed by these. It is believed that the latest talks were focused on peace and security including issues regarding the threat posed by terrorism.
Jilani said that he was advised by the Pakistan leaders to move the peace process forward but is that really happening? Its a million dollar question, after all since independence the strained relation between India and Pakistan is so visible that its outcomes are suffered by each and every Hindustani and Pakistani.
I think the major problem is that, we just talk about peace and hardly take an initiative to imply it through our policies and by now it’s quite evident that these peace talks will never reap any fruit. Just because of our government’s inefficiency to take any action we are still feeding Ajmal Kasab on one hand and talking about India’s security through these peace talks, on the other. By nagging on the issues of peace, security and threat through talks, we will never achieve anything and these ‘latest talks’ are no different from the last ones.
Until and unless the basic differences between both the nation are not resolved and various policies are not properly implemented such talks will never yield any benefit and we’ll always live under the constant fear of terror attacks by no one else but our own neighbouring country.