A former top Pakistani diplomat has said that high-level discussion between the India and Pakistan will remain fruitless unless Islamad ensures the terrorist infrastructure on its territory or territories its occupation is demolished. He also supported India’s determination that “talks and terror” cannot go together.
On Tuesday, former Pakistani ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani told the media persons in Washington, Pakistan’s recent initiatives for talks with India must be seen in the context of the economic and international pressure on it.
He made these remarks just ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation or SCO Summit in Kyrgyzstan scheduled on June 13-14. India and Pakistan, both the countries are part of the organization and the leaders of both countries are set to attend the meeting in Bishkek.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in a letter requested to Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week to restart the talks between the two countries to resolve all differences. But no official meeting has been planned between them.
Mr. Haqqani said, “Between 1950 and December 2015, when Prime Minister Modi dropped in on (then) Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Lahore, leaders of the two countries have met 45 times,” he said, but talks have never led to durable peace.
“The door to negotiations must never be considered permanently shut, but nor should dialogue be an end in itself,” he repeated.
Mr. Haqqani is the current director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute. It is considered an uncompromising critic of the Pakistani establishment and the Jihadi ideology. This is not the first time he has expressed his sharp disagreement with the establishment and the Jihadi ideology.
Recently, in a published article he wrote that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is right to have determined that “talks for talks’ sake are meaningless as long as Pakistan refuses to change its view of its larger neighbor as a permanent enemy.”
“Pakistan tends to engage in talks with India for global respectability, but its dominant military is unable to shed its ideological aversion to normal ties with India,” he stressed.