A New Beginning!
“India has never been a threat to Pakistan,” Zardari, who came to power in September after the new civilian government ousted President Pervez Musharraf, said in the interview.
Asked if he would consider a free-trade pact with India, he said: “I, for one, and our democratic government is not scared of Indian influence abroad.”
The paper said that Zardari, the widower of slain former premier Benazir Bhutto, called Islamic militants “terrorists” during the interview, apparently the first time that any Pakistani leader has referred to them as such.”
A New Beginning
This path breaking!
Zardari’s vision (first time, during an interview on Times Now), was for a Pakistan which would serve as a facilitator for good Indo-China relations on one hand – and a Pakistan that is ‘lucky’ to share common borders with the world’s two emerging economies – India and China.
This is the kind of vision that India-China and Pakistan must share and work with. Of course, India needs to be motivated by these statements on one side! On the other India must keep consolidating gains at each step. We cannot let paranoia come between us – and blind faith in human goodwill, blind us to realities of Pakistani politics.
After all, Musharraf did a Kargil after the Lahore Accord – and Zardari questioned the validity of a signed agreement.