Recently, an Air Force Base located in India’s Punjab state was hit by a terrorist attack. After the incident, both India and Pakistan unanimously condemned the ghastly acts, rather than blaming and yelling at each other across the net… This might seem ordinary and unremarkable, but actually is of great significance. The author is of the opinion that the following points are worth paying attention to:
First of all, right from the time since India’s Prime Minister Modi took office, he has emphasized that India’s first priority would be the development of good neighborly and friendly relations with countries in the South Asia region. Friendly relations with neighbors are not only beneficial to increased internal social stability in India but also for enhancement of the international status of the country; which in turn would be greatly conducive for accelerating economic development. This is also the first priority of Modi’s diplomatic strategy. If one considers all the international and domestic situations that India faces today, as well as the many historical and practical issues troubling the relations between India and Pakistan, the priority among priorities for Indian diplomacy would be to develop better relations with Pakistan. Therefore, Modi not only invited Prime Minister Sharif to his swearing in ceremony and thus took initiatives to send signals to improve relations with Pakistan; but also most recently, paid a surprise visit to Pakistan as the Prime Minister of India. Hence, the author feels that, this moment is the designated moment of landmark significance in the history of relations between India and Pakistan.
Secondly, the continuing historical dispute between India and Pakistan over the region of Kashmir as well as the old grudges and recent hatred between the religions of Hinduism and Islam have resulted in decades of unpleasant incidents between the two countries. India and Pakistan are not only blaming each other and fighting rhetorical battles but are also letting their guns blaze once in a while. Such strong arm tactics have given rise to internal injuries on both sides that have, over time, become very difficult to heal. With the development of times, both India and Pakistan have clearly begun to realize that their continuing to falling foul of each other brings no benefit to the national interests of the two countries. In addition, 200 years of British colonial rule, poverty and backwardness have all through been bitterly tormenting the ordinary citizens of Indian and Pakistan. Therefore, the pursuit of development, poverty alleviation and bringing about improvements in standard of living of the people, is the common aspiration and goal of the government and people of both India and Pakistan.
Meanwhile, public opinion in India and Pakistan seem to have moved on and the general belief is that, if India and Pakistan continue to dwell on the old feuds, it will only end up in causing destruction to both sides. Put down the old burdens and look forward – the best choice would be to constantly keep resolving the contradictions and problems existing between the two countries while adopting a course of peaceful development. Peace, co-existence and common prosperity and mutual beneficial co-operation is gradually becoming the consensual mainstream view in both India and Pakistan.
Again, in the past, the evil influence of the long existing contradictions between the two countries have provided ample opportunities to international terrorism and terrorist organizations, which these groups have whole heartedly exploited in the South Asian region. The two countries have become disaster areas that have been hit hardest by terrorists and Pakistan has become a hotbed and distribution center for a variety of terrorist groups. Actually, at present, both India and Pakistan intend to sincerely co-operate in the international fight against terrorism. The “Taliban” and other terrorist groups do not wish to see this happening and hence, they use every means at their disposal to create a rift between the two countries. They engineer all kinds of terrorist attacks to ensure that a sense of discord and hatred always exists between India and Pakistan; this being a condition conducive to their survival and continued existence. However, not only did the terrorist’s conspiracy not succeed this time, it brought India and Pakistan together in the fight against terrorism by promoting closer co-operation. This is not only a blessing for the people of India, Pakistan and South Asia but is also in line with the theme of peace and stability in the regions of Asia and the world. More than anything, what is of utmost significance is that the two countries came together to condemn terrorism.
The author sincerely hopes that both India and Pakistan, from now on, will make concerted efforts and co-operate pragmatically in anti-terrorism operations; and jointly write a new chapter in their economic development that will lead to the welfare of the people of the two countries.