“Around 30 per cent of our people are living below the poverty lines but we are buying weapons. We should think of our poor,”
He criticised Indian politicians, noting that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) whose prime minister had come to Pakistan for friendship was now talking of avenging the killing of five soldiers, building pressure on the Congress.
“We do not suspect your prime minister’s intentions for peace but we cannot ignore the murder of our soldiers,”
Indian journalist Jasdeep Singh Malhotra said that the peoples of both countries want friendship and are not part of the jingoism. A strong, democratic Pakistan will benefit India. He condemned Indian media for creating tension. Pakistanis had voted for Nawaz Sharif because he had talked of peace with India. Manmohan Singh should do the same and Indians would support him, he said.
Former diplomat Khalid Mehmood said Pakistan and India had been talking about resolving the Kashmir dispute from 2003 to 2007, and can can again sit together for peace. Pakistan was committed to peace that could be ensured if there was corresponding response from India.
Political analyst Najam Sethi said Pakistan and India should avoid a conflict to gain control in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of US forces in 2014 as this would destroy both countries.
Economist Dr Akmal Husain said that South Asia is the most vulnerable region to the consequences of climate change. He quoted the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) report, which notes that South Asia with its heavy reliance on monsoons, critical dependence on agriculture and persistent mass poverty is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change. All countries in the region, especially Pakistan and India, must work together to fight the imminent environment catastrophe, he stressed.
A resolution adopted at the seminar urged both the countries to maintain peace at the Line of Control (LoC), prevent any sort of intervention or conflict and continue with the composite dialogue.
It urged prime ministers of both the countries to meet in New York next month. It asked media to avoid jingoism and fanning the tension. The resolution welcomed the Indian guests. It also paid tributes to those who had laid down their lives for the independence of both countries and demanded a peace park at the Wagah-Attari border.
Source: The News, 21/08/2013: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-14-196959-Resume-talks,-urge-Indians,-Pakistanis